"A New York accent makes you sound ignorant..."

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Blue Velvet, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    #1
    ...in the opinion of:

    According to the New York Times, increasing numbers of New Yorkers are turning to speech therapy to iron out their consonants and vowels in order to be understood.

    There's money in it too.

    Some history:



    Is this true? Or do other accents in the US get some flack too?

    On a side-note, over here in parts of the UK and amongst some people, there's a generally similar perception of the Brummie accent (Birmingham) and the Scouse accent (Liverpool). Never bothered me, but then I've got an accent too. ;)
     
  2. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

    CorvusCamenarum

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2004
    Location:
    Birmingham, AL
    #2
    Southern, especially lower-class southern.

    Oddly enough, my family has been here since the Cassette Girls landed, yet I don't have a southern accent. Go figure.

    I remember hearing somewhere that the midwestern accent is preferred as it's the easiest to universally understand.
     
  3. steve2112 macrumors 68040

    steve2112

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Location:
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    #3
    Do other accents get flak? Yeah, you could say that. One of the things that drives me crazy is that people in the rest of the US automatically assume Southern accent=backwards, shoeless, toothless, inbred, trailer-park living idiot. Sometimes I think if Stephen Hawking's voice box had a southern accent, people would automatically consider him a dumb redneck or something.
     
  4. Melrose Suspended

    Melrose

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2007
    #4
    Redneck Accent sounds the most ignorant and least trustworthy of all American speech.

    Fortunately, with my dad being from a middle-class Brit family, it kind of evened out the heavy Rochester accent my mum has. I spot a Rochester accent a mile away.
     
  5. Deefuzz macrumors 6502a

    Deefuzz

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2004
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    #5
    Funny title, I feel the same way about a Boston accent.
     
  6. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

    Macky-Mac

    Joined:
    May 18, 2004
    #6
    here in Los Angeles there are actors who go to voice coaches in order to eliminate their southern accents.....and there are speech therapists who have foreign born clients trying to eliminate all sorts of accents in order to improve their communication skills
     
  7. bigjnyc macrumors 601

    bigjnyc

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2008
    #7
    I would think that southern and Boston accents are worse... but thats just my opinion.
     
  8. Surely Guest

    Surely

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    #8
    I think the problem is that they end every sentence with "ova heere!"



    ;)
     
  9. renewed macrumors 68040

    renewed

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    Location:
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    #9
    Hey y'all. Why you's insulting us southerners? :p
     
  10. chrmjenkins, Nov 19, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2010

    chrmjenkins macrumors 603

    chrmjenkins

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2007
    Location:
    CA
    #10
    To me, New York, Boston, Chicago etc. accents either sound snooty or arrogant. I'm a well enough adjusted person to not have that perception causing me to judge people based on their accents, however. It's also not completely decoupled from the type of people that come from urban areas.

    Personally, I'm fond of British accents, especially with cursing. I think it's funny to hear it in an accent that sounds so proper.
     
  11. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
  12. TSE macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2007
    Location:
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    #12
    Minnesotan accents sound terrible. I have a really thick one and get crap from everybody on the rare occasion that I travel.
     
  13. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    #13
    I'm all for us having a whip round to raise funds for rdowns to have elocution lessons, to teach him how to talk proper and all that. Like what I do. :p
     
  14. emw macrumors G4

    emw

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2004
    #14
    Huh. So the accent makes them sound ignorant? I always thought people from New York simply were ignorant. Learn something new every day, I suppose. ;)

    BTW, I'm in ChiCAga over by dare, and we're significantly more eloquent.
     
  15. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

    MovieCutter

    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    #15
    I'd kill for a REAL NYC accent...

    ChicAHgOH, oh yeah hey....I'm from KenOHsHA yah? Not as bad as MinnesOHtA thOUGH, eh?
     
  16. HE15MAN macrumors 6502a

    HE15MAN

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2009
    Location:
    Florida's Treasure Coast
  17. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

    Btrthnezr3

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    Location:
    Texas
    #17
    Accents are awesome!

    I'm from the south but don't think I have a particularly southern accent.

    I love doing impersonations though...have friends from Midwest (say thing like oh gaaad [god]) and from the Northeast and it's fun to hear the differences.

    I also often do an English (or British) accent in class (I'm a teacher) but this thread has me wondering which region am I impersonating? --haha.
     
  18. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

    iJohnHenry

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    On tenterhooks
    #18
    "A New York accent makes you sound ignorant..."

    If the speaker has a bent nose, I laugh not at all.

    Nope.
     
  19. 184550 Guest

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    #19
    Eh, it's usually the attitude that bothers me, not the accent.
     
  20. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2004
    Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
    #20
    I like East Coast accent, especially if you're from Long GIsland. :)
     
  21. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2007
    #21
    Hey! I'm from Long Island! I don't think my accent is that bad.
     
  22. JoeG4 macrumors 68030

    JoeG4

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2002
    Location:
    Bay Area, Ca.
    #22
    There's 2 accents I dislike:

    1. Valley girl accent. It gives me headaches
    2. Fake Brit accents, you can tell them a mile away.

    I'm not sure what I speak exactly, but I would love to have an Aussie accent! All I know is I grew up in NorCal and when I was growing up, my classmates told me I had a funny accent lol.
     
  23. leekohler macrumors G5

    leekohler

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2004
    Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
    #23
    Oh- I love that accent. That and southern I can imitate perfectly.
     
  24. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    #24

    Given my recent but admittedly limited experience of Americans attempting British accents, probably no region that exists on earth at all. :D

    What do people think of Hugh Laurie's American accent in House (M.D.)? Not sure what accent he's using there...
     
  25. Moyank24 macrumors 601

    Moyank24

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Location:
    in a New York State of mind
    #25
    So am I, and my accent is awesome. Though living in Texas for the last few years, I get SO much crap over it.

    Seriously, y'all is not a real word. It still makes me giggle when people text it. Like they are trying to keep the accent in the written word as well.

    NY accent FTW!
     

Share This Page