AP on Southern "accent" reduction

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Nov 24 00:45:13 UTC 2005

"Long Island lockjaw" is the version I remember reading about.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: AP on Southern "accent" reduction

Quoting Jonathan Lighter :

> 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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