Teaching With a Kentucky Accent

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Thu Dec 5 20:22:28 UTC 2002

The fun part is when discriminated-against accents collide. An
intelligent acquaintance in the tech business recently moved from
Attlanta to New York City. He's got a placid, meandering Southern
accent and works for a firm of fast-talking Brooklynites who he says
sound like Joe Pesci. The firm responds to the stupidity they perceive
in his accent by offering him ridiculous below-average hourly wages; he
believes his employers to be uneducated fast-talking scammers not far
from thugs.

Grant Barrett
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org
gbarrett at americandialect.org
American Dialect Society webmaster

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