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Speaking of being judged on clothing and where you live, have you ever been judged based on your accent?

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      Angelcart wrote May 11, 2009
    • I’m a native Texan and never considered that “I was the one with the accent“.  I went to CA to visit my sis and I was constantly asked where I was from and even had a waitor tell me I talked slow! And he didn’t mean it to be flattering!




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      Robinesque wrote May 11, 2009
    • My American accent in a  foreign country has beentongue out both a plus and a minus.  So, I’m a double threat!




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      Angelcart wrote May 11, 2009
    • Hey your close to being a triple threat!estatic




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      UK Girl wrote May 11, 2009
    • All the time honey ......... it drives me mad the UK is a small island with regional accents .

      I speak with a Manchester / Northern accent and I speak correctly no idioms or cutting my words up etc; but it’s mellowed after 20 years here but when I first came here I had my daughter “translate” when we went shopping ..

      I’m not going to bore you with the crap I faced when we took the business to the stock exchange and floated they made us three feel like sub human .....We were spoken too like we had just been released from the idiot house and like I was incapable of holding a pen ... not that I part owned a company with a £300 million turn over ...Doh




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      Marie66 wrote May 11, 2009
    • I’m a Mexican American, but as I like to call myself Hispanicestatic..People make fun of me for not speaking proper spanish..They tell me that I talk spanglish or tex-mex and I really don’t care, heck, I try especially when I’m talking to my mother-in-law as long as she can understand what I’m trying to say thats all that matters..I’ve always said if you don’t like the way I talk, then don’t listen..

      Marie




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      Kmarie wrote May 11, 2009
    • I really have not had that expereince in the maaner that the question reads. It is more that my phone voice and my appearance through people for a loop. They tend to feel that I am of another race than what I am and are caught off guard when we are intorduced. It has been mainly a good experince for me too.




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      Angelcart wrote May 11, 2009
    • Kmarie - I spend alot of time on the phone at work and I have to admit that I get a “visual” of what I think this person looks like.  When I’m lucky enough to meet them, 100% of the time I’m wrong.  I’m sure it is mutual - I don’t look like what they imagine.




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      Vikki Hall wrote May 11, 2009
    • hmmmm......  

      Only in the South am I asked where I’m from...




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      Lisa Brewer wrote May 11, 2009
    • I am from the south and I have been told that southern people “sound like uneducated idiots” because of our accent.........




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      Kountrykelly wrote May 11, 2009
    • I live in the south and people always call me a yankee. I really hate that so much. I have lived in Tn for 20 yrs now and really picked up the southern accent quite a bit. But I think the south is still predjudice. I am originally from the Chicago area and didnt think I had a northern accent. When I go back to Chicago people love the way I talk now. But they dont call me a hillbilly or something slang. My in-laws hate northerners and still they think all northern people are stupid hateful yankee’s. The south is still very prejudice. I get on fire when some people call me yankee( cause they refer it to being stupid and hateful). God, I hate prejudicey. Sorry to vent.




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      Angelcart wrote May 11, 2009
    • Kountry - Wow!  I’ve lived in Texas all my life and don’t know anyone personally who hates Northerners like that.  That’s pretty bad.  Now I’ve been to CO 6 years in a row snow skiing and have been told people in CO do not like Texans.




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      Stephanie Lawrence wrote May 11, 2009
    • I lived in New York until I was 8 yrs old, and when we moved to NC, I was told that I talked funny. Now that I have lost the accent, my New York relatives say that I talk slow and they have this perception that I’m not as intelligent as they are because I live in the “country” as they call it.




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      Kathryn Krastin wrote May 11, 2009
    • Yep. My best story about that was when I worked for MCI here in Austin back in the day for the phone companies transition to “equal access” (in the early 80’s).  

      The folks that came to set up the office to market the “equal access” concept were from NYC.  One of them walked up to be after observing me talking on the phone, and suggested that I needed to lose my accent.

      I looked at them real funny and asked them, on who’s ground are they standing upon??? and, who are we calling to  market the idea to???

      They really didn’t like my response; however, I moved on thinking how are they going to get a Texan listen to a NYC accent???

      lol....




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      Deanna Moon wrote May 11, 2009
    • Unfortunately, New Yorkers get bombarded in many states, especially the South for being a “Yankee“, used in a derogatory way.  When I lived in Texas I noticed prejudices the most against New Yorkers, as they could not understand the concept of anyone living outside of NYC, and I was called a city slicker even though I grew up in Upstate NY 2 hours North of NYC, in the country.  We also get descrimated against in certain New England states also such as Maine.  I went there on vacation for 2 weeks last year, and people were not friendly to me at all, as they don’t seem to appreciate Tourists from any state, like we‘re a burden on them or something, even though lots of area’s in Maine depend on tourism.  Those are the only 2 states I really noticed prejudice however, and I have traveled through many states in the US.




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      Mztracy wrote May 11, 2009
    • born and bred so california gurl here.
      to make it worse i WAS a real valley girl. san fernando baby. fer sure fer sure lol




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      Mz. Queen wrote May 11, 2009
    • I don’t consider it judging, but it is comical. I am originally from Virginia now living in Texas people always say that they can tell I’m not from here because I’m too friendly and I sound different.

      Sometimes people say I look Jamaican and I laugh some more because my father is from St. Thomas so indeed my heritage is evident. I love it.

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      57haddreams wrote May 11, 2009
    • I have a very definite mid-western twang.  Every letter, every syllable is pronounced.  I feel like I have no accent, but when I’m with friends or co-workers who have a smoother dialect...they tell me I have an accent.  I guess it’s all perception.  I love the southern drawl.  Sounds so sweet.




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      Lori Aksamit-Stickley wrote May 11, 2009
    • I’m from LI NY.  I’ve lived in AZ for almost 6 yrs now and have lost a bit of the accent but it does come out in certain words (tawk, cawfee).  I do alot of phone work and I always get asked where I’m from.  Most of the folks I work with tell me I’m the nicest New Yawker they’ve ever met (I just tell them that obviously they haven’t met very many of us!)




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      Mjmurphy wrote May 12, 2009
    • I am in the midwest so I hear tell that the people don’t really have an accent. I don’t think that is true because I noticed it when I first came here 30 years ago, but back then everyone said I talked funny coming from Illinois. I just love to hear people talk with different accents and the intriguing formation of sentence structure that comes from various cultures.




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