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Oak Ridge cancels 'Southern Accent Reduction'


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:09 PM

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 29 (UPI) --Plans for a class that would have taught Department of Energy employees how to pull the plug on their southern accents have been cancelled.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's proposed "Southern Accent Reduction" class will not be taught after some employees complained that they found the class offensive.

The six-week course was going to be taught by "accent reduction trainer" Lisa Scott, and students were going to learn to "speak with a more neutral American accent" so they could "be remembered for what you say and not how you say it."


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:21 PM

I enjoy getting calls from Southerners.  I think I would miss the accent.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

QUOTE-
Oak Ridge cancels 'Southern Accent Reduction'
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Rock Ridge cancels request for new Sheriff.....
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

Is this mandatory for all call center employees? Let's neutralize the accents where it counts

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:29 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 29 July 2014 - 07:27 PM, said:

Is this mandatory for all call center employees? Let's neutralize the accents where it counts
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what, Bangladesh?!
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:53 PM

When I get calls from call centers in India the person always has a made up western name like Charles or Lydia.  Cracks me up.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:57 PM

View Postshrooma, on 29 July 2014 - 07:29 PM, said:

what, Bangladesh?!

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View PostOverSword, on 29 July 2014 - 07:53 PM, said:

When I get calls from call centers in India the person always has a made up western name like Charles or Lydia.  Cracks me up.

"Hello sir or madam. My name is Buck Rogers. Is mister or missus Sm....Smitt home?"

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:01 PM

I had a very bad twangy appalachian accent growing up.  Eventually I started meeting people from other places and realized the way I sounded made me seem dumb, regardless of what I was saying.  To fix that I started watching mimicking the way I spoke after specific actors I saw/heard in movies.  Largely James Earl Jones and Orson Welles.  Not realizing it was those two funny enough.  I was going by Unicron from the old Transformers movie, and Mufasa

At this point my natural voice is something I have to think about to speak like

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:09 PM

whatcha ya'll don't like 'bout southers accent?

Edited by aztek, 29 July 2014 - 08:09 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:14 PM

View PostOverSword, on 29 July 2014 - 07:53 PM, said:

When I get calls from call centers in India the person always has a made up western name like Charles or Lydia.  Cracks me up.

To be fair they probably have a MA or 2 whereas when you get a call from Charles in 'merica, he probably has 4 or 5 teeth and a drinking problem 17 years old.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:26 PM

Because of the southern stereotype, they are often considered to be less intelligent when they talk with a strong accent.


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:49 PM

i have a very broad Yorkshire accent.
very.
if i (as me & my mates do when we txt each other) started speaking phonetically, in dialect, there'd be two-maybe three people on here who could-maybe-understand me.
i'm proud of my accent.
it opens doors. worldwide.
how you speak betrays your origins, and that has never been anything to be ashamed of.*
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 09:15 PM

I like the Southern accent, as long as the person uses correct English. I get a lot of attention with mine while traveling. I'm not a fan of country Southern with phrases like "We ain't got none" or "can't get no..."


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 10:01 PM

View PostMichelle, on 29 July 2014 - 09:15 PM, said:

I'm not a fan of country Southern with phrases like "We ain't got none" or "can't get no..."
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whyever not?!
most folk nowadays either end a sentence with a 'hmmm?' or a patronising 'hmmm.....'
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embrace your inner 'ahyhuuh-ism', your constant 'dafuuuu....?ness.
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kemall man. kemall.....
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Edited by shrooma, 29 July 2014 - 10:03 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 10:42 PM

View Postshrooma, on 29 July 2014 - 10:01 PM, said:

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whyever not?!
most folk nowadays either end a sentence with a 'hmmm?' or a patronising 'hmmm.....'
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embrace your inner 'ahyhuuh-ism', your constant 'dafuuuu....?ness.
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kemall man. kemall.....
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Cuz everbody, especially damn Yankees, already thank we is illiterate, inbred, moonshine swillin', tobbacee chewing, backwoods, snaggletoothed, Bible thumpin', gun tote'n rednecks.

We has got us sum edumacated people in the hollers from these parts.

Edited by Michelle, 29 July 2014 - 10:59 PM.





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