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Old 12-14-2015, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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Maybe some times. But in general. When Southerners move North, its amazing how quickly they can lose their accents . But you hear Northerners living in Georgia or TN and they still talk like Yankees. And they've lived there for years. You'd think living there their accents would at least soften up a bit. I hear people in Colonial Williamsburg. The Northern accents from the retirees there always jump out like a sore thumb. The worst part is they still seem think they speak better than Southerners. Its kind of insulting. But they don't understand how bad they sound to our ears. Why is this?
You know what's more amazing? No one up North puts down on you just for being from the south. Ever. Why is this?
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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You know what's more amazing? No one up North puts down on you just for being from the south. Ever. Why is this?

LOL...too funny! Bless your heart.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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LOL...too funny! Bless your heart.
You took the words rat out of mah mouth, Punkin Head.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:31 AM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I have many family that moved from rural Kentucky to Ohio and NW Indiana. The first generation never looses their accent, it's the second generation that has the dominant accent of their region.
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:23 AM
 
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Completely false. Have you never been to New England, Noo Yawk, or Wiscahhhnsin?
Wisconsin isn't "the north" ......... their accent is upper mid-west

Accents are funny though - being from upstate NY we do have some accent points and speech styles, but generally they don't stick out that much. Although, I did have a guy in San Diego once call me out to within 15 miles of my hometown because he went to school in the area - said he hadn't heard anyone like me since college. It shocked those in our group because they didn't think I had much of an accent.

I've picked up a little bit in travel as well, living in different places.

I know many from back home that have moved south and immediately started carrying a southern accent - I always assumed it was to fit in a bit.

I also know people from NYC & Boston that exaggerate their accents - these are the same dopes that think it means something to be from that area and they put on their accent to impress others ...... it doesn't

In my experience, the accent points are softening in each generation - more people are moving around, TV and other media puts forth different speech that people would otherwise not be experiencing, etc.
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Old 12-15-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I hope I never lose my Southern accent. It's morphed as I've moved from Louisiana, to Texas, to Virginia, then NC, then AL, then GA, then MD, then Texas again...but it's definitely southern and I consider it an asset, not a liability.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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You know what's more amazing? No one up North puts down on you just for being from the south. Ever. Why is this?
When my friends from NC, born in Southern VA, went to NYC for a week, they said everyone commented on their lovely accent.
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It's sad when places lose their local dialect; I think it's just a function of today's more connected (and self-conscious) world. I love accents-all of them. And I knew people from down South that lived in Philly for decades that never lost their accent. One in particular was a friend of my Moms from Louisiana. I think they became such good friends because they talked faster than just about anybody in the city and could actually understand eachother haha.

The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent - CityLab
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:02 PM
 
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Maybe some times. But in general. When Southerners move North, its amazing how quickly they can lose their accents . But you hear Northerners living in Georgia or TN and they still talk like Yankees. And they've lived there for years. You'd think living there their accents would at least soften up a bit. I hear people in Colonial Williamsburg. The Northern accents from the retirees there always jump out like a sore thumb. The worst part is they still seem think they speak better than Southerners. Its kind of insulting. But they don't understand how bad they sound to our ears. Why is this?
You don't hear TV folks saying Y'all unless it is a Hee Haa rerun or Dolly Parton being interviewed.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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You don't hear TV folks saying Y'all unless it is a Hee Haa rerun or Dolly Parton being interviewed.
Well, it's their loss then. "Y'all" is a great word.

All y'all are missing out on some fun!

(Actually, it's said more like "Alla y'all" for the record.)
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