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  • Need advice on buying a used car (2012 Hyundai Accent)

    04/16/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by Kolath · 73 replies
    kolath ^ | 04/16/2014 | kolath
    I'm looking to buy a new vehicle after my old one (2005 Hyundai Accent) hit the 110000 mile mark. I've nicked-named it the "old gray mare" I'll be going to the same Hyundai dealer who sold me the previous Accent. I'm looking at a 2012 Accent which was a lease and it only has 6176 miles on it. Auto Check is "clean" and it's Hyundai "Certified Pre-Owned" (and under it's original warranty). Any advice you can offer to make this a smooth transaction, save some money, and avoid pitfalls? FYI: I'm already pre-approved by my local credit union (helps to...
  • Is the Texas Twang Dyin', Y'all? Other Accents Blend In

    09/25/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 25, 2012 | GINA SUNSERI HOUSTON
    J.R. and Sue Ellen had it on "Dallas." The Texas twang. The "y'all" and the "howdy" -- that slow drawl that is part Southern charm, part Western swagger and pure Texas. Yes, oil is still king in Texas, and it's easy to find a Longhorn (cow or football player), cowboys and a rodeo if you are in the mood. Neil Armstrong's first words from the Moon were "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed." Barbara Voyce is a transplant from Illinois, and she quickly learned how to say "y'all." "It replaces the Midwestern 'you guys,'" she says. Her two...
  • SHOCK VIDEO: Larry the Cable Guy (Using REAL Accent)

    07/09/2012 2:50:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 61 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 3, 2012 | junkt9xs
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  • Anybody Else Out There Feeling Their Intelligence Insulted By Obama's Condescending Yokel-Speak?

    07/06/2012 10:17:44 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 97 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 6 , 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Of the first times I forced myself to endure Barack Obama speeches in late 2007, I was immediately struck by how the Chicago charlatan changed tone and accent in the most obvious way when speaking to different crowds. It's actually what set off the first red flags for me... seemed like a dishonest used car salesman, and I remember thinking "what a fake- I can't believe people are willing to fall for this schlock!". In front of a Harvard crowd, he embedded 'big' words to flaunt his intellectual prowess... yet somehow it reminded me of OJ Simpson (when he...
  • Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

    04/04/2012 12:09:31 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 28 Mar 2012 | Julie Sedivy
    There’s been a good bit of discussion and hand-wringing lately over whether the American public is becoming more and more politically polarized and what this all means for the future of our democracy. You may have wrung your own hands over the issue. But even if you have, chances are you’re not losing sleep over the fact that Americans are very clearly becoming more polarized linguistically. It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from...
  • What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?

    11/25/2011 4:19:03 PM PST · by blam · 305 replies
    The Economic Policy Journal ^ | 11-24-2011 | By Xavier Kun
    What Kind of American Accent Do You Have?November 24, 2011 Xavier Kun To most Americans, an accent is something that only other people have, those other people usually being in New York, Boston, and the South. And of those other people, half of the ones you meet will swear they "don't have an accent." Well, strictly speaking, the only way to not have an accent is to not speak. If you're from anywhere in the USA you have an accent (which may or may not be the accent of the place you're from). Go through this short quiz and you'll...
  • Woman sedated by dentist, wakes up with accent

    05/07/2011 5:53:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5, 2011
    Check out this bizarre story from CNN, of a woman who went into the dentist to get some work done, and left her appointment with an accent.
  • A Freeper's Introduction to Rhetoric (Part 10, Fallacies of Amphiboly and Accent)

    01/04/2004 8:13:07 AM PST · by general_re · 5 replies · 3,165+ views
    Introduction to Logic | Irving M. Copi & Carl Cohen
    Amphiboly The fallacy of amphiboly occurs when one is arguing from premisses whose formulations are ambiguous because of their grammatical construction. The word "amphiboly" is derived from the Greek, its meaning in essence being "two in a lump," or the "doubleness" of a lump. A statement is amphibolous when its meaning, is indeterminate because of the loose or awkward way in which its words are combined. An amphibolous statement may be true in one interpretation and false in another. When it is stated as premiss with the interpretation that makes it true, and a conclusion is drawn from it on...
  • Accents Trump Skin Color

    03/08/2010 9:46:11 AM PST · by Raymann · 14 replies · 179+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 2010 | Agata Gluszek
    Children, like adults, use three visible cuesrace, gender and ageto arrange their social world. They prefer to make friends with kids similar to them on these traits. New research shows that verbal accents may be equally important in guiding youngsters social decisionsin fact, accents may be even more important than race. ...Going one step further, Kinzler and her team showed that an accent is more meaningful than race in signifying whether someone belongs in your social group. Replicating previous research, they found that under silent conditions children chose as potential friends children of the same race. Yet when the potential...
  • What Kind of Accent Does Sarah Palin Have?

    10/01/2008 6:35:36 PM PDT · by Westlander · 1 replies · 795+ views
    Slate ^ | 10-1-2008 | Jesse Sheidlower
    Since Sarah Palin was selected as the Republican candidate for vice president, many people have made comments about her unusual speech, comparing it to accents heard in the movie Fargo, in the states of Wisconsin and Idaho, and in Canada. Some have even attributed her manner of speaking to her supposed stupidity. But Palin actually has an Alaskan accent, one from the Matnuska and Susitna Valley region, where Palin's hometown, Wasilla, is located.
  • Islanders Speak With A West Country Accent

    04/28/2008 8:26:35 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 126+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Richard Alleyne and Richard Savill
    Islanders speak with a West Country accent By Richard Alleyne and Richard Savill Last Updated: 1:32am BST 29/04/2008 The entire population of a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has been found to speak with a West Country accent - because the residents all descend from one man from Gloucestershire. William Marsters [left] and with his family, who had four wives, 17 children and 54 grandchildren before his death in 1899. All the inhabitants of the island descend from him Researchers have long been puzzled by the strong rural drawl spoken by the inhabitants of Palmerston Atoll,...
  • The Southern drawl is it spreading?

    09/19/2007 8:33:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 405+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 20, 2007 | Patrik Jonsson
    Some believe that the Southern drawl has expanded to the point where, arguably, more than half of all Americans now glide their diphthongs and hush their R's like modern-day Rhett Butlers. Some professionals who travel around even adopt different regional dialects as they go, knowing it's one of the best ways to get ahead. But other experts believe mass communications and urbanization are cutting away at the distinctiveness of the Southern voice, resulting in a more mono-pitch America.
  • 'My stroke left me with foreign accent'

    05/16/2007 9:08:52 PM PDT · by BGHater · 26 replies · 1,268+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 May 2007 | Jane Elliott
    When Richard Murray called his banking clients, his strong Birmingham accent heavily laced with a Hereford twang made him instantly recognisable. But a year ago, Richard, 30, had a stroke and lost the power of speech. Now he speaks with a heavy foreign accent. Some say his accent is definitely French, others are sure it is Eastern European or Italian. "Now when I call my clients and say 'It is me, Richard Murray', they say 'Who?'. They don't recognise my voice. "So now when I speak to people I preface it with: 'I have had a stroke and this is...
  • Best of British (British accents in the USA).

    03/21/2007 2:16:26 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 73 replies · 1,546+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2007
    Many Brits make it in the US - not all keep their accents By Megan Lane BBC News Magazine A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a "brilliance that isn't there", says Stephen Fry. So is a British accent - of any variety - the route to success in the United States? "Gee, I just love your accent." Any Brit crossing the Atlantic will have heard that line many times. Like the rest of us, Americans are rarely immune to the charms of an accent different from their own. Go on, say "shagadelic"... There's the...
  • Accent lessons - Michelle Malkin spoofs hillary's southern belle performance (VIDEO)

    03/07/2007 7:26:46 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 41 replies · 2,448+ views
    Michelle Malkin & Hot AIr ^ | Wednesday, March 7th, 2007 | Michelle Malkin & Bryan Preston
    Accent lessons By Michelle Malkin March 07, 2007 10:02 AM Inspired by Hillary Clinton's command performance in Selma, Alabama, Hot Air presents: My Fair Lady, Southern Style: VIDEO -http://hotair.com/archives/2007/03/07/my-fair-lady-southern-style/ Or here at YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk7hFnB4JnA HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3/05 Blog-rants

    03/05/2007 7:15:08 AM PST · by PatriotEdition · 879+ views
    http://www.billykess.com/ | Billy Kess
    March 05, 2007 Hillary's fake accent - (oh this is good) Here is some great audio I got from The Drudge Report's Radio Archives. You have to listen to this. This audio is probably as funny as Howard Dean's rant/scream that literallysunk his presidential bid in 2004. This is Hillary Clinton - the Senator from New York - speaking to a crowd down in Selma, Alabama. Listen to the twang here. The fakery is so obvious it's just humiliating for her. I actually feel sorry for her. Hillary's fake accent audio (wav file, webtv friendly)When this woman was campaigning for...
  • KENTUCKY FRIED HILLARY: NY SENATOR ADOPTS SOUTHERN DRAWL IN CHURCH SERVICE...

    03/05/2007 2:50:38 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 375 replies · 14,146+ views
    Drudge and IFlim ^ | 5 March 07 | Hillary Rodham Clinton
    This is incredible. Listen to the audio. After listening to this blatant phony and fool, I thought to myself: "And the Democrats and the Media dare to criticize Bush?" I would be monumentally embarrassed to be a Democrat after listening to this.
  • An American accent can be charming, admits Tom Leonard - but not if it's his daughter's

    It's started. Rising inflection at the end of the sentence. Sometimes several times in a sentence. Very. Short. Staccato. Statements. As yet no use of "like" four or five times in a sentence, but occasionally once or twice. Meike, once the vocalisation of Laura Ashley prints and the only girl at her inner-London primary school who never dropped any consonant, let alone an aitch, is starting to speak with an American accent. Perhaps not quite an accent, yet, but the rhythm of her speech has changed in a decidedly US direction. The rest can't be far behind. We have been...
  • Cows 'moo' with an accent, farmers believe

    08/24/2006 8:38:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 257+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/06 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Cows have regional accents, a group of British farmers claims, and phonetics experts say the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Lloyd Green, from southwest England, was one of a group of farmers who first noticed the phenomenon. "I spend a lot of time with my Friesians and they definitely 'moo' with a Somerset drawl," he said, referring to the breed of dairy cow he owns. "I've spoken to the other farmers in the West Country group and they have noticed a similar development in their own herds. "I think it works the same as...
  • Geordie wakes after stroke with new accent(Geordie Accent into Jamaican)

    07/04/2006 6:29:44 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 54 replies · 1,276+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 04, 2006 | Nigel Bunyan
    A woman spoke of her distress yesterday at emerging from a stroke to find that her Geordie accent had been transformed into a Jamaican one. Linda Walker, 60, is one of only 50 people to have been recorded as suffering from foreign accent syndrome. She is now helping researchers from Newcastle University in the hope that they can find a cure for future sufferers. The condition occurs when patients wake up after a brain injury. In Mrs Walker's case it appeared as she regained consciousness from a stroke in March. She failed to realise the extent of the transformation of...
  • Bias against Southerners misses the mark

    07/14/2005 6:10:21 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1,352 replies · 10,541+ views
    Pasco Times ^ | July 11, 2005 | RICHARD COX
    Bias against Southerners misses the mark By RICHARD COX Published July 11, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Does prejudice exist in Pasco County, an area with a very diverse population and seemingly very progressive? I am certain that African-Americans, Hispanics and people from other countries, the poor and homeless, as well as members of certain religious faiths, experience treatment different from the mainstream populace. However, I am a member of a minority who has experienced attitudes and reactions from many individuals who assume that I am intellectually and socially challenged. A very large percentage of the population of New Port Richey in particular...
  • Y'all makin' mah ea-uhs huht (Southern Accents)

    12/22/2003 6:52:24 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 178 replies · 2,815+ views
    Independent Weekly ^ | December 17, 2003 | M A R I A P R A M A G G I O R E
    For all the authentic rusticity of Cold Mountain and Big Fish, why can't we get a decent southern accent? You might call it a pet peeve. But if this were a Hollywood movie set in the South, you'd have to call it a "pay-ut pay-uve." If you've ever actually heard a southern accent, then you know that the twisted vowels and sing-song delivery so prevalent in movies set below the Mason-Dixon line make it hard to keep up with the action. Not to worry. Since they're Hollywood films, losing track of the plot isn't a problem. Too many films about...
  • President Bush mispronounced Nevada on first visit

    11/26/2003 1:53:04 PM PST · by rovenstinez · 113 replies · 309+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Nov 26 2003 | Rovenstinez
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada memo to George Bush: When making a first presidential visit to a state, use the right pronounciation of its name. Bush, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, repeatedly said Ne-vah-da. To properly pronounce Nevada, the middle syllable should rhyme with gamble. Mispronouncing the state's name "sets people's teeth on edge," said state Archivist Guy Rocha. "He's the president, and he ought to get it right. Nothing personal." State Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas, said the mispronunciation shows Bush, who won the state in the 2000 election, doesn't care much about the state. "They...
  • We are being Euro-PEON-Ized!!!

    07/29/2003 11:09:24 AM PDT · by FredWolfe · 20 replies · 206+ views
    7/29/03 | Fred Wolfe
    Anyone notice how almost every movie out this weekend has a main character who speaks with a British accent? 1. 28 Days Later. Takes place in England, everyone speaks with a British accent. 2. Tomb Raider. Angelina Jolie speaks with a British accent. 3. League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I didn't watch this sorry excuse for a movie, but I've seen the previews and they speak with British accents. 4. Johnny English. You got it! British Accents! 5. Pirates of the Carribean. Does anyone in this movie speak like a good ole corn fed red blooded american??? NO! The hollywood left...
  • Abbreviated Guide to Proper Yankee Talk (Southerners Visiting The North)

    08/02/2002 6:53:58 PM PDT · by PetroniDE · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Country Humor ^ | 02 August 2002 | Unknown
    If your ever have to visit Yankee Country - like Boston (pronounced BAH-stin), this guide may help you understand what they are sayin', (but I doubt it). Pahty: A place to go to drink and socialize - nothing to do with Mother Nature. ah: The letter between "q" & "s." ahnt: Sistah of your fathah or muthah. bah: Serves beah and hahd likkah: "The train to Noo Yok has a bah cah." bay ah: Ferocious brown or black animal. beah: Malt beverage. bahn: As in: "What yeah were you bahn in?" bzah: Strange, odd. Chahlz: The rivah. chowdah: Clams, milk,...