Across the fast-growing South, accents are under assault, and not just from the modern-day Henry Higginses of academia. There's the flood of transplants from other regions, notions of Southern upward mobility that require dropping the drawl, and stereotypes that 'y'alls' and 'suhs' signal low status or lack of intelligence.

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If you had a southern accent, would you try to change it?
Across the fast-growing South, accents are under assault, and not just from the modern-day Henry Higginses of academia. There`s the flood of transplants from other regions, notions of Southern upward mobility that require dropping the drawl, and stereotypes that `y`alls` and `suhs` signal low status or lack of intelligence.

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16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 11/30/05 - 2:29:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I would not. I think "Y'all!" is cute, anyway.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 11/30/05 - 6:22:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
no its lovely, like sawyer
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 11/30/05 - 6:26:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I like it, it sounds sing-songy. (I'm obviously not referring to the typical hick accent.)
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 8:50:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/30/2005 6:26:33 AM Buttercup83 wrote:
No, I like it, it sounds sing-songy. (I'm obviously not referring to the typical hick accent.)

thats the kind I have and I don't try to hide it. I do however find the accent of Savannah quite infactuatin though. Somethin I don't know though is how north georgians have accents like me but south georgians don't. I still wonder how that happened.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:14:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I do have a southern accent, occasionally.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:15:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I like the southern accent.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:15:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. And y'all is much better than how they say it in Pittsburgh. (Yinz)
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:16:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's my accent and I kind of don't know how to hide it.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:28:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like the southern American accent.....it sounds nicer than the New York accent.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:28:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not if it was smooth as honey - sweet, pure, and beautiful
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 9:54:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
If I had a Southern accent, I don't think I would notice it would I? You never think that it's you that has the accent...
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 10:26:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
My brother-in-law tries to... I like it! I supposedly have an accent, though I don't recognize it.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/4/05 - 10:28:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Probably not.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 12:38:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, I most definitely have a Southern accent and I've never even thought about doing anything about it.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 12:40:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I love Southern accents, I think it's kinda hot. ^_^
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 12:53:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Southern accents are sorta hot, I don't mean the really hicky ones though, just the slow syrupy ones... -_- *drools*
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 1:43:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
i got rid of my southern accent when I moved to Ohio at the age of seven. Now i kinda miss it, but there's no bringing it back.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 1:44:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/30/2005 6:22:50 AM broken*wings wrote:
no its lovely, like sawyer

Mmmm...Sawyer...
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 1:50:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 12/5/2005 1:43:48 AM betsybird wrote:
i got rid of my southern accent when I moved to Ohio at the age of seven. Now i kinda miss it, but there's no bringing it back.

nah, I moved here from Chicago when I was 7 and now my accent is completely a NY one. But whenever I spend a week back in Chicago it reverts completely.

16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/5/05 - 2:27:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
i *did* and i *have*

jeff foxworthy is completely correct. the first thing you do when you hear a georgia accent is deduct 30 iq points from the person you hear using it..

16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/18/05 - 9:25:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
no, I think it's so cool!
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/18/05 - 9:38:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I hate the sound of southern accents.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/18/05 - 9:51:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
I was born and raised in California, but I picked up a bit of a southern accent from my grandmother and father - my grandmother was born in Missouri, and my father sounds like Andy Griffith.

I don't try to get rid of it, although I can get rid of it whenever I want to. I never have it when I'm speaking formally, just when I'm relaxed. No effort for either one, just the way it comes out. I doubt I could choose the southern accent when I wasn't doing it naturally, although I can choose the California accent.

16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 12/18/05 - 9:52:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I like Southern accents. I wouldn't try to hide it.
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 12/20/05 - 2:55:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm trying to reclaim my Southern accent.

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