Skip to comments.Hey y'all, what's wrong with a drawl?
Posted on 08/02/2014 7:32:12 AM PDT by CharlesOConnell
I was born in Tennessee.
And even though Ive lived in New York City for the past decade, I still take my tea sweet, my chicken fried and my biscuits buttered. Im proud to call myself a gun-toting, Bible-clinging Tennessee Volunteer.
So you can imagine my befuddlement when I learned the Oak Ridge National Laboratory wanted to crack down on workers who have Southern accents by holding a Southern Accent Reduction course.
In other words, them government folks want to learn us rednecks how to talk right. Bless their hearts.
(Excerpt) Read more at en.actu.net ...
Pioneering anthropological-musicologist Curt Sachs observed a "crinkle" between a singing angel's eyebrows on a medieval European painting. He attributed it to a nasal vocal technique, generally called melismatic singing, that was lost in the rise of orchestral music, but is still retained in Appalacian and other Sourthern American singing. This was documented by English musicologist Cecil Sharpe, as he discovered a strong survival in America's Appalachian Mountains, of music that was torn from the English people by Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads. When you hear great country singers like Merle Haggard using a very nasal tone of voice, this was actually part of musical fundamentals for fine signing in the middle ages.
The Lil' Abner view of Southern American culture that made a convenient target, and lots of money, for Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s, was largely undone by The Waltons.
Star Trek theme composer Alexander Courage deserves a lot of credit for including very sensitive, traditional musical elements in The Waltons.
Screw ‘em, y’all!
Only thing I’d change would be the last word in the essay, from ‘wazoo’ to ‘ass’ otherwise, it’s all good here. ;)
I lived in Hawaii for 2 years. I was the only one on that island without a funny accent.
Individuality and liberty is something the new managers can not stand.
Seriously? I would thicken my drawl on purpose, and I have a thick Southern accent already.
Southerners rarely complain, but there is a HUMONGOUS bias against Southerners in this country. Hollywood leads the way in the stereotyping. The government wants to start down this path, they will get all the resistance they ever wanted.
And you can count on that, ya hear?
Caliph Baraq is actually pretty good at tailoring his diction and cadence to the audience. Those years spent in the ‘hood in Chitown gave him some on the job training.
Y’all come on down and we’ll kick your azzes, intellectually and literally, back across the Mason Dixon line...arrogant basturds.
There is no end to these people’s idiocy, is there?...Its a limitless expanse of stupid.
Years ago, I tried to learn to speak without an accent. It didn't work.
My wife's accent from Middle Tennessee has, quite literally, opened doors for us. When I talk, I watch people deduct IQ points and make Forrest Gump jokes.
Hey`n, t`weren`t nuthin wrong with a mountain twang??
Never had a drawl. Can’t explain why.
(not that there’s anything wrong with a drawl)
I had a work associate who is Boston Irish. "Tic" Boston accent. You needed a chain saw to cut it.
He used to say of a Southern accent - "When I go down there, they all talk funny. When they come up here (Boston), I hear funny!"
The only thing I don't like about a Southern accent is when a Southern woman starts with "Why Bless your heart....". I know I'm in for a broadside!! :-)
If your *working* TV set sits on top of your *broken* TV set...you might be a redneck!
This Colorado boy lived in Nashville for one year and I’ll always proudly proclaim my residency there! You and I both know how blessed you are!
i’m a yankee,now y’all don’t ya heah.
How about accent reduction and speech therapy for blacks? Especially black southerners. Makes as much if not greater sense.
I've lived here all my life and I promise you that you've got it wrong.A "tic" Boston accent is an Irish accent.A true "Boston" accent is,in fact,"paak ya cah in Harvad yaahd" or "wickad pissah".
I’m going on 15 happy years in beautiful, middle-Tennessee after life in the southwest and DC.
Recently, I asked a visiting friend from way northern Illinois, who speaks with a funny accent, if she thought I had an accent. “Yes.” “How does it sound?,” I asked. “Southern,” she answered.
One of the happiest days of my life!
I grew up in (near,actually) Boston yet strangers have asked me for decades if I'm from New York City.I can't explain why!
I was not born in Tennessee, but my mama was....I was born and raised in SoCal and got teased a lot for using words such as “over yonder”, “y’all” and “warsh”. So.....I moved to Texas, and while I don’t naturally have a southern accent, my vocabulary fits right in. If you don’t know what “far ain’ts” and “awl” are, you ain’t from around here. Howdy, neighbor!
I went to visit a pal, who went to school in Boston. It took me a bit to figure out that when people said “let’s go potty” it meant go out and live it up, as opposed to a break to the bathroom ;)
My youngest daughter was born in South Carolina...
I did my best to help her not learn “Charlestonese” and was successful..
but when we moved to TN when she was 7, she picked up the accent seemingly overnight..
“Bless their hearts” is right. :(
Same here. 4th generation Texas, but have heard the remark; ‘You’re not from Texas, are you’?
Kinda hurts my feelings in a way.
I’d sue them for linguistic discrimination and tell them I’m going to a Redneck Pride Parade and do they want to contribute/participate or are they racist bigots? I thought diversity is our strength (rolls eyes).
UPDATE: Y’all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Course
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Y’all want to hear a funny accent go to NYC. :-) Its all relative.
And I mean All Y'all!
You wanta have fun? Get on an elevator in any large northeast city. Once the doors close, try to make eye contact with the folks ridding with you. They’ll cringe in a corner before they’ll look you in the eye. Strange lot, they are.
Those little Southern Ladies can turn the world upside down, with a smile.
She left Bill Cosby speechless.
I do believe that you might be wanting "fine singing" he'ah as sign language warn't an art in them there days!
Strange that this comes up today as just last night there was a thread on the late, great Southern humorist, Lewis Grizzard and I know he would have had a field day with that. After all, he worked for a while at the Chicago Sun Times and you just know that they had a translation problem there. Check his speaking on this clip of one of his comedy pieces (College Football Rivalries!)
I was raised and schooled in New England. i have worked with all folks from all points of the compass.
Having said that, once I moved to Louisiana, OI VAY!!!!
“They” take the cake for slaughtering the English language! Getting through NYC kids attempting to conquer ‘ebonics’, (at least it wasn’t Esperanto), sounds kinder on the ear.
Now, having said that, I have had dealings with Cajun folks, not in the New Orleans area. It took me a few minutes, but ‘we’ did get things done, ‘and remained friends’ in the process.
Seriously, a Southern accent gets people’s attention and holds it. It is used frequently in seminars. One of the best Southern accents I have ever heard was from a guy who had spent his life in Boston. He took a course to get it down. A hosed down Savannah accent. It was perfect.
I used to have to travel up North on Business and it was a real eye opener. They looked at me like I was from Pluto for smiling and saying How are y’all doing today? I guess its just not done. Fortunately I have not been above the Mason Dixon line in about 20 years. :-)
OK a little Hillbilly quiz here. Which one of the following four was not from Tennessee? Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, or Roy Acuff? To make it easier two mentioned were born in the same county :>}
I think this is coming from appeasing some workers there who put extra “R’s” in their words and have a real foreign accent. :>} Tennesseans ain’t the only ones a working thar is a what I’m a sayun.
Some years back, two colleagues and I had to travel to San Diego on business. I and one other have masters degrees in electrical engineering; the third had a PhD in structural engineering. At dinner one evening, after a little chit-chat with the waitress revealed that we were from “L.A.” (a local joke here on the Gulf Coast that means “Lower Alabama”), she proceeded to point to words on the menu and say them slowly to us, convinced that we were unable to read. And they call us bigots.
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That Cosby clip was the funniest thing I've ever heard...
it puts ‘Who's on first’ to shame.......
I knew a guy who was in the Navy, from Southern New Jersey, spoke with an accent from South of the Mason-Dixon line. He played clawhammer old timey banjo, (My Wife Died in Tennessee, sent my banjar back to me, hung my banjar up on the fence & I ain’t seen nothin’ of my banjar since, My name is Banjar Sam, Hello Banjar Sam), their ship was in port at the same time a Limey ship came in, Navy fellow started playing “The Battle of New Orleans” on banjo, he said a banjo makes a good club for bar fighting.
You are welcome. It is one of my favorite Cosby moments, and he has a lot of ‘em.