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May 03, 2010

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Mary Ellen

OK, you know I hate this. But it's true.

I went to an excellent public boarding school in Louisiana for high school, and I had a teacher who gave us very similar advice: If you want to stay and work in South, you can keep the accent. If you want to leave, tone it down. I toned it down -- to the point where Yanks often claim to not hear it. (I don't believe them. I think they just have a very stereotypical notion of what a "Southern accent" sounds like, when there is no such monolithic thing. My husband and I are both from the same state and we don't have the same accent.)

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