Federal Lab Scraps ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ Course Idea

Chuck Ross, Daily Caller, July 29, 2014

Workers at a federal laboratory in Tennessee can talk with Southern accents to their heart’s content after managers scrapped an idea to help them “fix” their natural dialects.

Last week, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a science and technology lab operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, announced that it would be offering a six-week “Southern Accent Reduction” course, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The lab’s human resources department pitched the idea, claiming that the training would help staff overcome “the most common pronunciation and grammatical differences between Southern dialects and standard American English.”

Staffers could “feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak with a more neutral American accent” the course description claimed.

The course’s “nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer” would utilize a technique called code-switching in order to neutralize pronunciation and grammar differences “that make your speech sound Southern.”


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  • MekongDelta69

    Next, they’re going to beat the White out of you…

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “the training would help staff overcome “the most common pronunciation and grammatical differences between Southern dialects and standard American English.”

    Is the Department of Energy training other groups, like say their black employees, to avoid pronunciation and grammar errors? That would be a good question to axe.

    • Jack Burton

      That’s probably who they were targeting, and just said “Southern accent” as code for ebonics.

      http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=X_KKLkmIrDk

  • Cultural genocide against Southern accents has been de facto policy for several generations.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Don’t forget the physical genocide against white Southerners, which has been de facto policy for the past several generations as well.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I wonder how many blacks work there. Any classes they plan to offer in getting rid of that mushmouthery?

      • kenfrombayside

        It’s simple for our knee-grow friends. They just have to take the marbles out of their mouths.

        • ElComadreja

          That’s a nice way of putting it.

      • I got myself three weeks in the hole in the Denver County jail for mocking the way one of the black deputies talked. It was worth it.

        • Anglokraut

          What did you do during that time?

          • I read a lot and did crossword puzzles, as I was getting the Denver Post newspaper delivered.

          • Anglokraut

            I didn’t know inmates in solitary confinement got anything to pass the time. So you get to read and some sort of writing instrument, and no one bothers you. That doesn’t really sound bad at all.

          • It was a vacation of sorts.

          • DNA Explains It All

            In Harris county any time out of the monkey cage would be welcome.

      • TruthBeTold

        The question is why has this type of course never been offered to ‘help’ blacks?

        • JDInSanD

          Because they need to preserve their unique culture. That’s why the excuse known as “ebonics” was introduced as a legitimate English dialect with African influences.

          • ElComadreja

            It’s plantation pidgin English.

    • Jacobite2

      Generations? Try since 1865.

  • ncpride

    This is down right insulting. Our accents are no more ‘annoying’ than any other group from around this country. Matter of fact, I’ve had many compliments on my Southern drawl, and from Northerners, no less. Y’all sounds no more silly than yous guys.

    • Pro_Whitey

      Bawstin Hahbah, Hahvuhd Yahd . . . yeah, it’s the southerners that need to change. Right. And don’t get me started about Noo Yawk. I heard one guy once who had to spell out “l-a-w” when he was referring to law and “l-o-r-e” when referring to lore, else no one would know to which he was referring.

      • ncpride

        This was years ago, but I worked with a guy from Boston and we practically needed a translator here in NC to understand what in the world he was talking about half the time. Like I said, we have a variety of accents in this country, and Southerners being singled out is insulting.

        • Jacobite2

          True, but please acknowledge that the people of Boston did rise up and try to stop school bussing programs there. I haven’t seen any resistance remotely as serious since.

          • 10,000 to protest the border surge last Saturday, tops so far in terms of turnout since the start of the Camp of the Saints.

            While it lacked the boisterous street theater of the anti-deseg counter-revolution of 1970s Boston, the anti-deseg movement in St. Louis was able to win five out of the twelve seats on the St. Louis City Public Schools board, and but for voter fraud in the 1991 school board election, would have gotten seven of twelve, an absolute majority.

          • Jacobite2

            I had a prof in law school who said he could teach the whole course on Constitutional Law just with cases on dairy products. Just so, “The Camp of the Saints” seems to reflect the implosion of America all by itself. I recall it was published in the US about ’76. NR mag had numerous articles reviewing it, recommending it, spinning off of it to make stupendous points about Christendom and ‘our’ Western Civilization. Wow! Flash-forward to 2014 and look at NR today. Legalize pot, deep-six the Social Issues, keep a muzzle on those Tea-Partiers, don’t shut down the government, and, ABOVE ALL, never act like you object to having Mexico re-located to the end of your block. Sickening, but impressive, nevertheless.

          • NR has had some decent articles in recent weeks and months on immigration, but that doesn’t negate its long term trend away from sanity.

            For a good background:

            www dot amren dot com/news/2012/04/the-decline-of-national-review/

          • Jacobite2

            I believe the simple fact of living in Greater NYC explains most of it. Not one person in a million is strong enough to live 24/7/365 in a parallel universe of anti-America, anti-Christian, anti-male, anti-blanco zombies, and continue morally intact. I hate NYC, and every second I’m forced to spend there, the hairs on the back of my neck are up like a Peed-off Akita. It is more foreign than the European neighborhoods in any European city. I know that almost everybody I pass is a flaming Leftist, who hates America and most Americans — especially me.

          • ncpride

            There was an area here in NC a few years ago that did the same, and they won. They were sick of their kids being bussed to ghetto schools while blacks were bussed into their neighborhoods, dragging the entire school AND neighborhood down. They started by getting rid of most of the school board.

          • Diana Moon Glampers

            That area is the 17th largest public school system in the nation and was still bussing until 2010. We moved from there for that reason. Spending millions of tax dollars to bus ghetto kids to the suburbs. It’s like a daily window shopping trip for little burglars.

          • ncpride

            It’s infuriating….. you work so hard to live in a nice neighborhood with good schools, only to have those dolts bus your kids to the ghetto and vice versa. Not sure if you’re familiar with the McKee Road area, but they will build section 8 housing there. Those people fought and lost the invasion. I feel sorry for them. They should have fled years ago when it was first brought to their attention.

          • Jacobite2

            I’m glad to hear that blancos sometimes win. They do understand that, the second the minority enrollment hits 34%, there’s nothing that can save the schools and neighborhoods. Block-busting hasn’t changed in the 60 years I’ve been around. You’d best make d*mned sure that you’re the second owner to sell out and hit the road. My parents tried to tough it out for the neighbors and ended up stuck in a ghetto in a house worth about 1/3 what it had been before the neighborhood changed. Unless you’re making good money, you can’t sell your home for what it would take to move to the ‘burbs. And this began instantly with the ’65 Civil Rights Act, which made blancos second-class citizens of the US, all neat and legal. As the Supreme Court now says: “Wh*ites have no rights which a Black person is bound to respect.”

          • ElComadreja

            Don’t forget Hart-Celler which opened the floodgates for non-white third world immigration.

        • Who Me?

          Had one fellow tell me on the phone that he needed 8 “draw pools”. Just about went bats trying to figure out what the heck he was after, Turned out he needed 8 drawer pulls.

      • Simonetta

        And the New Orleans sports announcer who said when a ball player named Hoyt got hit with a baseball: “Hert is Hoit!”

    • Sick of it

      These people talk about how they love European sophistication…and then berate y’all. Perhaps they aren’t intellectually sophisticated enough to also have a problem with the French saying vous, the Spanish saying vos, etc.

    • APaige

      It is really cultural discrimination. I was going to suggest a course on reducing the use of Ebonics, but then again it is a science lab. I mean who cares about the janitor.

    • propagandaoftruth

      It’s infuriating. I’d love to send all those eggheads to teach for one semester in a 90% Black high school and see how felt about a White Southern accent then.

      Or send ’em on down the road to that 2,000 maniacs town…

      Them obnoxious Yankees won’t know what hit ’em. Til they wake up.

    • Jack Burton

      Y’all is a contraction of you all, nothing wrong with it.

      Although some people do say all y’all, which is redundant.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Nothing about that DISGUSTING Nue Yawk accent? Or that Joisey accent? Bahston?

    • Luca

      Hey, leave Joisey out this.

      • propagandaoftruth

        “Ain’t no redneck like a Joisey redneck.”

        One meets interesting types in the service, lol…

        • Luca

          Youse guys tawk funny too. Especially that phrase “Y’all”

          When I was stationed in NC or SC the locals called me a “Damn Yankee”, when I went home on leave they said I sounded like a damn rebel. Couldn’t win, the drawl rubbed off on me for a while until I got out.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I hate the kind of liblefty Northerners who ridicule my heritage but in all fairness…

      I think a lot of my Northern siblings who may have ridiculed us not long ago have come to appreciate the old South more every day.

      My crazy Scarlett O’Hara mom hated the damned Yankees, the smarmy proto-libtards of yore. But she couldn’t speak highly enough of the old New England style Yankees. Hard exteriors, great friends if you chip through that.

      I assume most White posters here, regardless of which part of the country they post from…

      Would love to hop into a time/space machine that zapped them back to the bad ‘ol days almost anywhere south of the Mason Dixon line. And never come back.

    • IstvanIN

      NORTH Joisey accent, thank you very much.

    • ElComadreja

      Bawstun is closer to what we say, lol.

  • Jo

    I see there’s no mention of ‘neutralizing’ New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston accents. Could it be it’s because those cities are liberal?

    • Boston: “I had no idear that you pahhked (parked) your caaah (car) in the yaahd (yard).” Pronounce Rs that aren’t there but don’t pronounce Rs that are there.

      • ncpride

        HA! The fella from Boston I spoke of in the post above asked me where to move his caaah, and I couldn’t understand him to save my life. Didn’t know what a caaah was…..

      • Simonetta

        “Angeee” “Ahhn-gee!”
        “Wot? Wot naa, Mah-ma?
        “Ahngee LoGatuicciano, git cha butt ohba heer an’a hep cha’or fahdda unlaad da caah!”

        • The Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island in 2010, name is John Robitaille, pronounced Row-buh-TYE.

          • Spikeygrrl

            …which is the correct French pronunciation. And your point is?

    • Jacobite2

      Flip through the phone directories. What the Left hates about the South, and fly-over country in general, is that the people there are mostly ethnic Americans.

  • Pro_Whitey

    How about a hispanic or East Asian or South Asian speech therapy course? I’m guessing that never crossed their minds

    • StillModerated

      Make them speak with a Southern drawl if they want to live there.

    • Sick of it

      Those folks need a driver’s education course much more than speech therapy.

  • rose tascher

    The southern White accent is very easy to understand, even for UK and other non American native English speakers. What can be almost impossible to understand is some of the black men, especially criminals. It is just garble, gurgle grunt. My English brother in law went straight from Germany to Raeligh NC. He had no trouble at all understanding the White locals.

    • Erasmus

      The southern accent is one of the few accents here in the US that isn’t grating. That lilting southern twang is outright musical compared to that nasal whine found in NYC and Miami or the garbage your average black American speaks.

      FYI, I am NOT from the south.

  • Southerners aren’t going to roll over and play dead when beat over the head with liberal cultural Marxism. Witness those Confederate flag license plates brought up on amren last week. Paula Deen’s big mistake was apologizing. Apologize for nothing, least of all your accent or your beliefs in the superiority of the white race.

    • Erasmus

      And we honest Northerners stand by you. God bless our southern patriots.

  • rose tascher

    A man from Springfield Mass, western Mass who served in WW2 told me that when he was drafted people assumed from his yankee accent that he was an immigrant and had not yet learned to speak English well. Being blue eyed and fair, he was always being asked if he was from Poland, Hungary etc.
    Of course, the yankees being the instigators and beneficiaries of the civil war and abolition their accents are beyond criticism.

  • TL2014

    Great! Can we train people to quit using Ebonics too?

    • Luca

      Those who speak ebonics are untrainable.

  • TruthBeTold

    Well, there is the James Carville issue.

  • Sick of it

    Not that they would offer such a course to the Yankees who speak like retards. Or the Californians who sound ditzy rather than professional. Or the blacks who cannot speak English. No no, Southerners only.

    • SoulInvictus

      LLD must not have caught this one. He’d have the typewritten equivalent of an aneurism over this as evidence of Feds desire to pave over southern culture.
      And he’d be right.

  • Alexandra1973

    How about one for Ebonics reduction?

  • antiquesunlight

    This boils my blood. Stupid northerners and immigrants treat me like a foreigner in my own home. I get asked all the time where I’m from. “I’m from THE SOUTH, where we live!” If anybody ever asks me to take a speech class , they do so at their own risk.

    • Jo

      Don’t you think when asked where you are from, they mean what state, city?

      • antiquesunlight

        I guess it depends on the context, but in general, if someone in Georgia has a Southern accent, wouldn’t it seem likely that they are from Georgia?
        I live in Atlanta, which, due to the high numbers of non-Southerners who have moved here, is possibly the least Southern city in the South, not counting cities in Florida. I grew up in metro Atlanta. I have a Southern accent. It’s really annoying when people who are obviously from the North or who are even from other countries ask me where I’m from. I’m from here.

        • Jo

          Oh…I see. It does cause one to question why they do that. But, then, people move around so much, you could be from a different Southern state. I agree with you, I would assume you were born in Atlanta or at least Georgia.

    • Alexandra1973

      I’m a lifelong Yankee and I don’t mind Southerners. In fact I’ve heard it said that the further South you go, the friendlier people are.

      • antiquesunlight

        That is true. Southerners who were never tarnished by liberal stupidity (which would not include me, unfortunately) really are the most polite and friendly people you could ever hope to meet. In that respect, Southerners are the exact opposite of the rabid hillbilly lynch mob image the liberals push. I LOVE being around older Southerners because they are truly models of civility.

      • White people are friendly out west here, but the folks from Dixie really take the cake. They are completely wonderful.

  • IstvanIN

    They want to get rid of the Southern Accent (there is actually more than one)? Why bother when they are replacing English wholesale with Spanglish.

    • JDInSanD

      I used to work with a mexican guy who played NPR in his car. About 15 years ago they had an item stating that Spanglish was slowly replacing English along the border. He got a big smile on his face and yelled, “YEAH!”

      I asked, “Why would you support the destruction of either language when people all over the world rely on a standard for English, if not Spanish? How is it going to help this country if foreigners visiting or doing business here can’t understand us?” No answer.

  • WR_the_realist

    So a southern accent is now a speech pathology?

    The left keeps proving crazier than I could ever have imagined.

  • The southern accent is actually very pleasant to my ears. I speak Network Standard English. The provost marshal from Fort Carson once called me to ask whether I was a Michael Christopher Scott who had gone AWOL. He said his missing soldier was from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I asked, “Do I sound like I am from Baton Rouge?”

    I picked up a few Ockerisms, like “no worries” and “righty right” when I was Down Under.

  • In the immortal words of Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez, “When you have to shoot, shoot; don’t talk.”

  • gemjunior

    This is truly a white-hating country now. I felt sick when I read this – the same scum who run this “workshop” to destroy normal White Southern accents would just gush how “authentic” black animals need to keep their ebonic nonsense going. There are many white people now that admire a real White Southern accent (like me) as a small sign that there is still some hope left sometimes. In destroying any pride we have left these cultural Marxist freaks think we will die off without a fight, but they really might be surprised. Whites everywhere are noticing the war on us.

  • dd121

    Did anybody at Energy propose to eliminate Ebonics? Never mind.

  • Waldemar Daninsky

    Pity they can’t teach blacks to speak english instead of ebonics.

  • M&S

    Maybe if they tried to be less culturally and more scientifically relevant… Oh but wait, Oak Ridge hasn’t been bleeding edge relevant since they let Thorium-Sodium concept go in favor of time bomb pressure cooker PWRs.
    Shut off the klieg lights, roll up the astro turf, it’s over.

  • JackKrak

    When every horrible New York and New England accent has been eliminated THEN we’ll talk about Southern accents.

    And I will still tell you to go to hell.

    • awb

      Can I have a soda water with my boiled peanut’s, please?

  • I’m a St. Louisan. That thing in the kitchen and bathroom, where water accumulates and eventually drains down and out? It will always be a zink. No matter how much money the Yankee government spends to try to get me to say differently.

  • Paleoconn

    There is nothing sexier than the accent of a Southern belle. These self-hating Whites are so ridiculous. These are our biggest enemies. Minorities are merely a totem which they use to play their racial guilt games. White liberals should be sent to the barrio and ghetto to live. One consolation I have is that White libs are not breeding. Perhaps their twisted suicidal worldviews will die with them.

  • Epiminondas

    What exactly is “standard American English”? Who decides? More weirdness from Big Brother.

    • Jo

      What broadcasters use in radio and television. Also called ‘General American English.’ It’s pronunciation without any features easily recognizable as characteristic of any region or social group. It’s said to be proper and correct, closest to the British and what is taught to foreigners. (Doesn’t sound British to me.)

      For example: ‘R’s are pronounced as ‘r’s, unlike in Eastern New England, New York City, and the South. See Fox News and other channels for Standard American English usage.

  • I speak “network standard English”, but that is because so many of the major news talking heads are from this general part of the US.

  • Erasmus

    If we’re going to get rid of accents, start with the yid whine, commonly found in NYC or Miami.

    Start teaching blacks good English. We’re sick to death of being expected to take seriously some brothah or sistah from da’ ‘hood, elevated through AA to a position far beyond his capability and who has the grammar and the vocabulary of a retarded 8 year old.

    • I like that whine, sir. Apart from the eyes, the nose, and the overwhelming air of arrogance, that whine is sometimes the only way to identify them. I don’t want it to be any easier for them to infiltrate our lands and I appreciate the features that do make them stand out. In the future, that will come in handy.

      • Erasmus

        Touché. Your point is well taken.

    • FransSusan

      Blacks can’t learn good English.

  • ElComadreja

    Let’s strip blacks of ebonics and “Hispanics” of “Spanglish” instead.

  • Hal K

    The ironic thing is that a sizable percentage of the Oak Ridge Laboratory staff is probably foreign and therefore difficult to understand. Perhaps this is the real reason why they wanted the Southern accents reduced – so the foreigners would have an easier time understanding the Southerners.

    • Anglokraut

      Wait, wasn’t it revealed that there was a Chinese spy at Oak Ridge, stealing information for the Chinese? No lessons learned, obviously.

  • guest

    By all means consult with President Barack “Barry” Obama before having a final position on
    accent perfection. He never spoke with Black accent at any point during his formative years, but perhaps through some “modification” program by some Pygmalion speech pathologist,
    he can now simulate Black dialect. A riches to rags story.

  • Jack Burton

    They say accent, but then talk about grammar and pronunciation. They’re not the same.

    It makes me suspect that this is another way of correcting blacks from the South, and that’s why they cancelled it.

    They don’t give a damn about whites from the South, their hatred is visceral. I’ve encountered it myself.

    Southern actors and singers almost always have to lose their accent to have success in the entertainment business. All of them attest to it. Ryan Seacrest is from the South, he had to lose his accent. Haley Williams had to lose her accent. Walton Goggins learned to speak without an accent, only to be cast as a Southerner in Justified, so he could speak in his native dialect again.

    • SoulInvictus

      Walton Goggins is great. One of my favorite actors since The Shield.

      “I’ve been accused of being a lot of things…inarticulate ain’t one of them.”

      or more apt for this article…

      “You figured you’d drive south anyway, rip off the simple people?
      Well, we ain’t that simple.”

      • Jack Burton

        He’s a great actor, I like his attitude. Justified is one of the best shows ever.