...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.