Skip to comments.Tennessee Nuclear Lab Cancels 'Lose Your Southern Accent' Class
Posted on 07/31/2014 4:26:21 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
A nuclear lab in Tennessee has canceled a "Southern accent reduction" class after employees raised heck about what they saw as a slap in their Southern faces, the class instructor said Tuesday.
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Can you imagine..."Lose your Boston accent"? "Black"? "New York"? "Spanish"?
By the way, WHY is this kind of thing part of a federal government nuclear lab, anyway?????
Talk about frivolous spending.
Being from Upstate NY, they weren't too happy about the question.
And there was a Bubba in our office. ROFLMAO
The Secretary asked me if I wanted to go with her to see her brother who was in jail in Roanoke. Yeh...right
This was a high class engineering office.
I said that the blacks down there were wonderful to me. The secretary said "They know their place". Unbelievable.
So what accent were they going to replace it with?
Maybe they wanted all Southerners to talk like our glorious _resident. /sarc
um, ers, uhs and duhs sound alike all over the globe.
No...but I have found learning to talk like Johnny Carson got me over the first major obstacle in dealing with Yankees—the language barrier.
The Southern accent is music to my ears. It is the most beautiful of the English language accents, followed by Scottish and Jamaican.
Being from Upstate NY, they weren't too happy about the question."
No, we grow up with it and never stop using it. It's so much more pleasing to the ear than a New Yawk honk.
A few years back, I was doing some shopping, and the cashier was a Yankee. Misguided as many of them are, she told me that my "accent" wasn't really that pronounced compared to some she'd heard---see, she thought she was giving me a compliment.
I assumed an expression of concern and responded, "Thank you for telling me. I'll definitely have to work on that."
Poor thing...she looked completely confused.
Agreed. Can’t stand to hear the New York accent. Gag.
Did you know that the Southern dialect is very closely related to the British? That explains why so many English actors are excellent at portraying our accent, while others mangle it.
Never thought about it, really. I’m gonna study on that today, y’all.
Well, you know us, just a bunch o racist hicks.
I don`t have an accent. Y`all do.
The leftists call Southerners “Teabillies”.
Lived in the North and Mid-west. Now the south. I will take the south any day of the week. Especially the smaller towns.
This has got to be the stupidest suggestion ... wait ... an American university ?
In fact, I've read recently that the Southern accent spoken today is closer to the UK English spoken in England in the 1700's than the English spoken in the UK today.
I tell you what sister, there are a whole lot more dumb Northerners than dumb Southerners. And there is a huge difference between spoken language and written language. No one says “hi” anymore, it’s “hey.” Ever heard of a colloquialism? When I was in the Army, I can clearly recall saying about my staff and I that “We were happy to have the opportunity to contribute to y’all’s mission,” lol —it just came out. Call me a rube, I really don’t give one lil hoot what any Northerner thinks. (Full disclosure—I lived in St. Paul until age 8)
My friend who is an elementary school teacher from Alabama and I went up to Green Bay for a Hank Junior concert-—the place was so beat down and haggard, all the cars were old and tired, there were no boats in the slips—we couldn’t wait to get back to the South where at least there is some hint of life. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
I can understand that the traditional Southern drawl and certain words sound strange to people who grew up in other states. What I find difficult to grasp is the tendency of Damned Yankees, you know, the ones who come and stay, to have the audacity to move to the South and then comment on how their neighbors, “talk so funny”. That is just one of their annoying ways. I have been in many states and have never known a Southerner to go to New York and comment to the natives on how strange the people sound to him. Why is it that so many Northerners cannot pronounce the word “saw” anyway? That is just one example I could mention. I have spoken to people in every state on the telephone and some of those who are the most difficult to understand are in New York City. Many of them sound as if they are trying to decide just how to commit suicide, people in West Virginia or even in prison sound happier. One in about five hundred will say that he cannot understand me and that is usually someone who makes Marlon Brando as the godfather sound like Ronald Reagan by comparison so it is hard to say whether he said, “I can’t understand you” or Mary had a little lamb. On the other hand I have had many comments such as, “Where are you calling from, you have such a great voice and I love your accent.” Personally I think everyone is beginning to sound the same and I hate it, I like regional accents.
I don’t talk funny, YOU hear funny.
A Bahstahn accent is the worst to me.
That could very well be.
ping to a fellow Bubba
American White Southerners have been under attack for decades.
I’m stunned they finally took a stand to be honest.
It is Bawstun.
There is the Southern Accent, which indeed is musical, and then there is that gap-tooth hic accent, which is like listening to soda cans being crushed.
We are racist hicks with good manners. :)
“So what accent were they going to replace it with?”
Well, according to half of this country’s messiah...
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Soooooo Arabic, followed by Spanish, and possibly ebonics...anything but English.
You say Bawstun, I say Basston.
At ain't rite!
Northern bigotry agin the South grew out of the envy and greed which led to the War of Northern Aggression. A war which off loaded the substantial wealth of the region back to where it belongs, namely up Nawth.
In the late 60’s, after getting out of the Air Force, I went to the Atlanta School of Radio & TV Broadcasting to prepare for a career in radio. Being a Georgia boy, I had to work on my accent a little for the job. I had to learn to say “ahn” for word “on”, as opposed to “own”. Work was needed on my word endINGs, and words like “oil”, “foil” and such.
While commuting I would speak into a portable tape recorder, and listen back to it for self-critique.
I didn’t get it perfect, but it was good enough to get me through 20 years of daily air time.
However, I found that when not on the air, I reverted to my southern accent, bu as soon as the mic came on, I was as accent-neutral as I could be.
It was like learning a foreign language in a way, and reverting back to your native tongue when you didn’t need it.
But, I wasn’t trying to sound like a Yankee, replacing all my “R’s” with “H’s”, and saying “youse” instead of “you”.
In the service I was around people from all over, and heard just about every accent you could imagine. I am not a trained linguist, but I take a great interest in the way people talk. Bad grammar irks me more than any accent does.
I spent 10 years trying to get my ex-wife (a German) to say “this, that ot them”, and not “dis, dat, and dem”. The “th” sound is a lisp in the German language and she was naturally resistant to doing. She’s been in America since 1968 and still says “dis, dat and dem”.
But I love the southern accent. Around Atlanta - with the influx of northerners in the past 20 years, finding a genuine southern accent is getting more difficult. The advent of TV, cable, movies, etc, has also influenced the accent to a degree.
But for the Feds to declare jihad on southern talk is outrageous. No one is working on the black accent, which is usually unintelligible even to southerners. Many of them still asy “dis, dat, and dem”, and they were born here.
Accents that need work are everywhere, from illegal aliens to tech support people in India.
I’m retired, no longer on the air, and I speak southern. 20 years in broadcasting followed by 20 years in corporate management have no changed that fact one iota. If I need to speak accent-neutral, I can, otherwise my native tongue is southern English.
The Yankee elites in government who are tring to make it a one-size-fts-all world can bite me.
I hope y’all understand!
The worst accent to me is the “Joisy.” Not quite Brroklyn, not quite Bronx, not quite English.
Although a heavy Philly accent is grating too.
Fortunately, I’m from the Midwest, where we have no accent. [/s]
You do know that in Virginia as in most of the Southern States each region has its own accent, don’t you? The Tidewater accent is different from the Western region and the mid-state has another distinct sound.
A Virginia accent is the most gentile, I think, of all the Southern sounds.
Then there is the Outer Banks of North Carolina whose speech is almost unitelligible to me because it is Old English, very close to what was spoken during the discovery period.
I visit NYC a lot and find the accents there grate on my last nerve.
“I can understand that the traditional Southern drawl and certain words sound strange to people who grew up in other states.”
I lived in TN for 2 years and only once did I have a problem understanding someone. A friend and I were driving to Memphis for a hunting trip and we pulled over at a convenience store and I jump out to ask directions. The guy behind the counter had a drawl so thick I asked him to repeat the directions. I thanked him and went back to the car. My friend asked “what did he say” and I answered, “I have no idea”.
Southern belles and their accents are lovely.
It is, no doubt, a good thing that you effected an escape to your native soil. Other people’s prejudices are always far less tolerable than one’s own.
Tennesseans have more of a raw twang.....(I can say this because I am one)
Unfortunately, in my young, stupid years I worked at losing my accent......and was successful....and deeply regret it.
However, it is somewhat restored when I return home.......and Tennessee willl always be home.
To me, there is nothing sweeter than a genuine Southern accent.....
......and for sure, they vary from state to state or even different parts of a state
One of my personal favorite senators.....Jeff Sessions of Alabama.....is plenty sharp, a real patriot and works toward our behalf.......and I love to hear him speak,
I lived in Charleston, SC for 3 years, and the Scottish brogue was prevalent among the old timers...wonderful sounding speech.
Then I moved to Beaufort, SC, and heard Gullah for the first time. Now, that was an interesting sound.
- Jeff Foxworthy
I have worked in high tech engineering for 35 years...I have a masters degree in electrical engineering. I am from the mountains of East Tennessee and I have a southern mountain accent. I have NEVER had a problem working with engineers fom all over the globe. They have never had a problem with speech.
Your comments are so very condescending and arrogant that I wonder if you have a hidden inferiority complex.
Why would you make fun of the nickname “Bubba”???
You also sound to me to be racist. Why would you single out blacks by saying “they” have been wonderful to you???
Maybe you need to realize that not everyone talks or thinks like you...THANK GOD......
Y'awl wann'a cup o' cow fee ?
(I melted and replied,) "No thank you"
Y'awl wann'a cow k ?
Yes .. please
Y'awl wann'a strow ? (rymes with OW!, if you pinch me)
Absolutely mesmerising to this geeky 17 year old.
*American White Southerners have been under attack for decades.
Im stunned they finally took a stand to be honest.*
It’s the only group that you’re allowed to attack under PC rule of “law”.
Read “Redneck Manifesto”..funny title, but a lot of truth.
It’s just that in the southern lexicon, “damnyankee” is one word...
Bless your heart.
You can try and take the regional accent out of a person, it does not work to well for most.
My husband is a Niagara Falls, NY born he still after 20 yrs in the Navy and 20 yrs as a Jr Col Prof can’t shake the total NY speak. No more than I can my mix of Southern/Yankee. My mom was a TN Knoxville area, my dad born and bred in E. Chicago Ind. So I have both to over come. And I get told I talk to fast. Northern trait. Southern is more laid back. Then you have black ghetto speak.And those you can’t change, as they don’t want to change.
There are some like that everywhere, I once knew a printer in North Carolina who spoke so slowly that by the time he finished a sentence you would forget how it began. He used to tell people that his mind worked so fast that his mouth could not keep up with it but his mouth could not keep up with a snail. I don’t know why he spoke so slowly but he made the average person from Carolina sound like Tom Adams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz0SEXm7XGY start at about .34.
Biggest problem I had with accents (not really a problem, just needed to figure out a work-around) is figuring out the distinction between a "pen" and a "pin". There's a difference. :-) But, they're pronounced exactly the same in my neck of the woods. I solved my problem by asking, "A Writin' Pen? Or a Stick Pin?". Solved.
That, and people (particularly older ladies, for some reason) pronounce my name "Beale". There is no 'eale' in 'Bill'. But when some sweet little old lady at the church picnic wants to call me that, I'm far too polite to correct her. Especially if she has sweet potato pie, which is a delicacy that I've gotten used to, real quick. :-)