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The Southern Dialect
I saw this video earlier and already knew the story but found it interesting nonetheless:
We’ll gloss over the fact that the person making the video seems to be from Texas and possibly is overstating how traditional THAT accent is, but I’ve always been fascinated by accents. I’m guessing that most of us on here have some form of a southern accent but how bout it?
Do you not think you even have one or do you own it? Do you have family members who may have even more pronounced ones? As far as owning your accent do you ever tone it down when speaking professionally or to folks from other parts? Any funny stories or anecdotes?
My family is about as southern as they come: both sides from Augusta and very few haven’t lived in Georgia their whole lives. I on the other hand was born overseas and didn’t live in Georgia until I was maybe 6 or 7...my parents were HS sweethearts, got married after college, and my dad had to do an Air Force ROTC payback stint so they ended up stationed in Northern Italy. Moved back to the states before I was two but then his job had us moving all over. So I was probably pretty close to having no accent, let alone a southern one when we moved back to Georgia.
I also grew up in Atlanta and went to Lovett(private school) so I was pretty late in picking up an accent, and I definitely can turn it up or down. In my drinking days it definitely got thicker as the night went on lol.
A couple of other accent/dialect things I find interesting: England is a pretty small country area wise but if you ever travel around some of the different regions it’s astounding the variations that exist only a few hours apart. Forget the Cockney and more well known accents: check out the Geordie one(that’s what people from Newcastle call themselves):
I find some of the more non English origin accents in the US interesting as well, like the Minnesota/rural Wisconsin ones with high Scandinavian populations. Btw, unless recent events have soured things, in my experience and that of a number of my friends, Australian women love guys with southern accents... and I’m a fan of them as well. And is there honestly any better accent for a woman(or man) to have than a good southern one?