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  • American woman says she fell asleep with a headache — and woke up with a British accent

    02/12/2018 7:41:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 12, 2018 | Alex Horton
    Myers says she has been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain — to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Strange accent leads to Framingham arrest (Mass.)

    07/02/2017 6:52:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Metrowest Daily News ^ | June 30, 2017 | Norman Miller
    FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham man who used a fake name for a decade to get a driver’s license is now facing numerous charges and deportation after an observant police officer noticed the man’s accent was off, authorities said. Police arrested Sergio Alvarado, 32, after Officer Francis Torres pulled him over on Waverly Street at 7:15 p.m. because Alvarado’s car’s windows were excessively tinted, according to a police report filed in Framingham District Court on Friday.
  • Did Hillary Clinton put on a southern accent on campaign stop in Memphis? Some critics claim...

    11/22/2015 3:37:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/22/15
    Did Hillary Clinton put on a southern accent on campaign stop in Memphis? Some critics claim she changed her voice Hillary Clinton has been accused of putting on a southern accent during a campaign stop in Memphis. During a speech at LeMoyne-Owen College earlier this week, some people claimed the Democratic presidential candidate's voice had something of a southern twang. Clinton has faced similar accusations in the past, most notably during speeches in Alabama and South Carolina.
  • Clinton's Southern strategy? Hillary fakes her accent for local crowd

    10/19/2015 9:00:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/19/2015 | Curt Mills
    Hillary Clinton has started faking a Southern drawl to speak to Southerners, just as she did during her last presidential run eight years ago. The tactic drew chuckles, derision and not a little resentment when she tried it in 2007 and 2008. But she was back at it again in Alabama on Saturday, putting on a heavy twang to express her contempt for Republicans. With Bernie Sanders narrowing her lead or overtaking her in early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton is hoping for a "Southern firewall," and her itinerary of upcoming events reveals a determinatiion...
  • Why do Southerners have a drawl?

    09/18/2015 9:57:02 AM PDT · by chasio649 · 151 replies ^ | 9/14/15 | David Bennett
    The other day, my son asked why there are such a variety of accents in the country. Why does a fellow from Mississippi have a twang that’s different from a fellow in Texas? Long ago, I asked my father a similar question. He pointed out that it isn’t just in America – a wide range of dialects and accents are common for French, Arabic, whatever. In recent days, some interesting pieces have appeared online. One in Slate has a list of the top slang terms from every state. Here’s what was included for the Mid-South: Arkansas: “tump” -- to tip...
  • Hillary Clinton Mimics Accents — But So Do You, Probably

    06/06/2015 2:46:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 6, 2015 | Melissa Dahl
    Recently, Hillary Clinton made what was ostensibly an ordinary campaign stop in Columbia, South Carolina. Or, perhaps I should say — as Clinton herself did at one point — South Carolahnah. Clinton, as a few reporters immediately noted, at some points during her speech slipped into the faintest hints of a Southern accent; you can mostly hear it in the softening of the vowel i: retirement became retahrment, I sounded more like Ah. Here's a short clip from her appearance: [clip] Clinton is far from the only politician to be accused of putting on a fake accent in order to...
  • Hillary Brings Back Southern Twang for South Carolina Visit

    05/27/2015 2:01:27 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 44 replies ^ | 5/27/15 | BY DANIEL HALPER
    Hillary Brings Back Southern Twang for South Carolina Visit BY DANIEL HALPER Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was born in Illinois and represented New York in the U.S. Senate, has brought back her Southern accent for her speech today in South Carolina:
  • Scott Walker Hones His Image Among Republicans for Possible Presidential Race

    03/20/2015 3:50:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    New York TImes ^ | March 20, 2015 | PATRICK HEALY
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Out on the presidential campaign trail, Gov. Scott Walker has left “Wiscahnsin” back home in Wisconsin. He now wants to strengthen the economy, not the “ecahnahmy.” And while he once had the “ahnor” of meeting fellow Republicans, he told one group here this week that he simply enjoyed “talkin’ with y’all.” The classic Upper Midwest accent – nasal and full of flat a’s – is one of several Walker trademarks to have fallen away this month after an intense period of strategizing and coaching designed to help Mr. Walker capitalize on his popularity in early polls and...
  • 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
  • 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
    ThereÂ’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 youÂ’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 cues—race, gender and age—to 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 decisions—in 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.