Dr. Detroit "cracker"

D. Ezra Johnson ezra_50 at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 12 02:07:54 UTC 2000

This is very interesting, because on an NPR program about accents (one from
a few months ago, not the recent one) Dan Aykroyd was taken to task and an
excerpt played to show what a fake Southern accent he had.  Turns out the
character was _supposed_ to be faking it!


>From: "A. Vine" <avine at ENG.SUN.COM>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Dr. Detroit "cracker", "dot-commandos"
>Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 11:03:51 -0800
>Last night I happened to catch a bit of the movie Dr. Detroit.  Dan Aykroyd
>plays a lawyer.  In the scene I saw, he dressed up as a
>gentleman, in a Colonel Sanders type white 3-piece suit with matching white
>broad-brimmed hat.  He spoke with a Southern accent, and based his case on
>Southern family honor.  The judge was sympatheic because he too was from
>South.  When it was clear that Aykroyd was not a Southerner, the judge
>"Arrest this man for impersonating a cracker!"
>Then on the news, Leslie Griffith of the KTVU 10 O'Clock News referred to
>hackers who are breaking into popular Web sites as "dot-commandos".
>Andrea Vine, avine at eng.sun.com, iPlanet i18n architect
>A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging--it is the skin of a
>living thought, and may vary greatly in color and content according to the
>circumstances and time in which it is used. - Supreme Court Justice Holmes

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