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Y´all come: ORNL
bows to Southern pride

Knoxville News-Sentinel [TN], by Frank Munger

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/30/2014 10:55:17 AM

OAK RIDGE — It’s OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab — after all. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has cancelled plans for a “Southern Accent Reduction” class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said they were offended by the training opportunity. ORNL’s human resources department early last week distributed a registration notice for the six-week course to be taught by Lisa Scott, “a nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer.” Here was the pitch to get employees to sign up for the speech rehab program: “Feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Doc Obiwan, 7/30/2014 11:03:27 AM     (No. 9946175)

Good idea. Maybe they should run a pilot program on Black or ghetto English first and see how that goes over.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 7/30/2014 11:03:35 AM     (No. 9946176)

I have a southern accent and am proud of it. I can speak with perfect grammar and my vocabulary is prodigious. I love my accent and I will never get rid of it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/30/2014 11:09:10 AM     (No. 9946192)

When I was newly married and exiled to California, I visited an employment office to see about a job. I was only 17, but was a prodigious typist and shorthand taker. At the end of the interview, the woman sadly shook her head as she told me "Honey, I could get you in at just 17, but I don´t know anyone who would hire you with that accent." Even Texans can cry all the way home.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: marthaville, 7/30/2014 11:10:06 AM     (No. 9946193)

I look forward to the classes teaching people from New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts how to talk without their insidious accents, or whatever that is. Next they could move to the midwest and clear up the horrible sounds that so many of those people make.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 7/30/2014 11:10:25 AM     (No. 9946194)

I´d offer that any Southern lady´s response to this would be ´Well, bless their hearts´.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/30/2014 11:10:35 AM     (No. 9946196)

What happened to celebrate diversity?

Its getting to the point where if its got "National" in its name (ie run by the federal government), its a National disgrace.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 7/30/2014 11:12:45 AM     (No. 9946201)

I guess that ORNL now has a couple of hundred thousand dollars extra to spend on research, rather than ´Diversity´...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: valinva, 7/30/2014 11:20:23 AM     (No. 9946218)

I completely agree. Imaging if a person with a Southern accent ever ran for President. They would never be elected. Sarcasm off.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 7/30/2014 11:25:27 AM     (No. 9946230)

Considering the alternative was listening to ´acceptable´ accents like those in Yankee territory it was a no-brainer.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 7/30/2014 11:29:17 AM     (No. 9946241)

"How Not To Sound Igernt"

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Reply 11 - Posted by: thelmalou, 7/30/2014 11:37:16 AM     (No. 9946254)

Exactly so, #5! Bless their hearts...they just didn´t know any better.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: M2, 7/30/2014 11:37:56 AM     (No. 9946257)

I cannot tell you how offensive this is to me. My best friends are mostly Southern. Some have mere traces of their accent, many have a full-blown accent. I find the sound delightful. As a once-northeasterner, that´s coming a long way.

“It probably wasn’t presented in the right way and made it look like ORNL had some problem with having a Southern accent, which of course we don’t. That was not the intent at all.”

Of course ORNL "had some problem with having a Southern accent." Why else would you hire someone (who specializes in speech disorders, I found out) to try to wipe it out?

A Southern accent is unpleasant to liberals because they equate it with Christianity, stupidity, and being uneducated. Nothing is further from the truth. Only when the grammar is poor does a southern accent sound bad. Ditto northeastern accents.

And the accent from MA is positively horrific. Why not go there and clean up their accents? How about New York City, Newark and Philly while you´re at it?

Many conservatives find a New York accent irritating. We equate it with liberalism, elitism, snobbery, ill-gotten wealth, sexual misconduct, and dictatorialism. Think Schumer and Weiner.

Listen to Chuck Schumer or Anthony Weiner with his nasal New York twang and tell me that doesn´t get on your nerves.

The chutzpah of this is a form of cultural ethnic cleansing, liberal-stye. It´s disgusting.

Why not tell Trey Gowdy his accent is going to keep him from becoming a success? Hm?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/30/2014 11:43:30 AM     (No. 9946269)

They really want another Civil War. Next they want to teach we lowly Southerners Ebonics.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 7/30/2014 11:43:51 AM     (No. 9946270)

This doesn´t really offend me. There is a difference between a cultured southern accent and a hard to understand regional dialect. When Shelby Foote spoke on Ken Burns Civil War you could understand him perfectly. I am Deep South Southerner but can see where some accents give the wrong impression.

They should also try to help blacks get rid of their ghetto Ebonics and try to hire Asian call desk people who can speak English.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/30/2014 11:51:33 AM     (No. 9946287)

#2 A Southern Accent would make many proud. We´ve been working hard for generations to produce a more perfect way of speaking. There is nothing like a ´southern phrase´ to make a point, describe a situation or in everyday speaking. Yankees are totally clueless. Many of those north say ´you guys´. There is no war on women in the south, we say ´you all´. First they attempt to take away our talkin´ style, then they come after our tea...iced tea, one of the greatest achievements of mankind.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 7/30/2014 12:05:06 PM     (No. 9946316)

Pure arrogance on the part of ORNL.

Ignorance you can cure with education.

Arrogance is forever.

Witness the Mulatto Communist in the Spite House.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: highlander, 7/30/2014 12:43:35 PM     (No. 9946394)

Years ago, British actor Michael Caine was interviewed about his role as a Southerner in "Hurry, Sundown." He said it was easy to speak with a Southern accent because it was not that much different from his English accent. What does that say to the New Yawkers?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ramona, 7/30/2014 12:55:51 PM     (No. 9946413)

I find accents and dialects of all kinds fascinating, and even took as many linguistics classes in my graduate work so I have no quarrel with any Southern accent (and hopefully no one here would object to the remnants of my Minnesota-Norwegian accent!

Still, there are times when a particular accent or dialect can get in the way of communication - and then it becomes important for speakers to be able to switch from their own particular brand to a more standard version of English. For the record, I can´t stand the Western New York nasal affections and strange pronunciations (for ex. "el - a - men- TARE - y" instead of "elementary").

That´s all, y´all, you betcha!
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 19 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/30/2014 1:01:05 PM     (No. 9946423)

The worst fake Southern accent I ever heard was Marlon Brando in "Sayonara".

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Axeman, 7/30/2014 1:11:30 PM     (No. 9946445)

I heard a linguist once say that the southern accent is closest to the accent most common in the original colonies.
People should try not to be so prejudiced and discriminatory. That would be offensive.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/30/2014 1:26:59 PM     (No. 9946481)

I love regional accents, just as I love the customs and traditions of different parts of the country. It´ll be a sad day when we all sound and act exactly alike.

I laughed once when I read an article in which the author referred to Ted Kennedy´s "aristocratic" New England accent. It was totally blue collar. And it had to have been affected for political reasons. Teddy was basically raised in New York, and, like his siblings, went to boarding schools which worked hard, in his day, to instill a preppy accent in their students.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/30/2014 1:37:25 PM     (No. 9946499)

Maybe they should address the H1B accents first?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/31/2014 12:35:01 AM     (No. 9947303)

This happened to a friend from NC. The HR person hated her.

Perhaps equally annoying to Yankees is the fact that we are well mannered, witty, and so nice. You forget all about your knee caps being broken.

Southerners should teach classes on how to talk to people on the phone.

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