AP on Southern "accent" reduction

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Nov 23 22:21:34 UTC 2005

Quoting Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>:

> A little further down the page :
>   "[S]ophomore Ali Huffstetler...said she "luuuvs" the slow-paced softness of
> her upstate South Carolina magnolia mouth."
>   "Magnolia mouth" appears on Google about 600 times as both nickname and
> common noun.

Is that the Dixie equivalent of Locust Valley lockjaw?

--Ben Zimmer

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