Class to erase southern accents cancelled

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — A class some people say was designed to get the south out of their mouth has been cancelled.

Employees at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were offered a six-week long ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ class.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel the classes were said to make employees, “Feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak with a more neutral American accent, and be remembered for what you say and not how you say it.”

Employees were also told the class would solve, “some of the most common pronunciation and grammatical differences between Southern dialects and standard American English.”

The person who was hired to teach the class said some people misunderstood he intent of the class and it had been cancelled.

A spokesperson said Oak Ridge has offered classes in the past to people from other countries to make it easier for them to communicate.

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  • Ralph Noyes

    Accent reduction is a fast-growing field for foreign business executives. They want to speak better English. It is money in their pockets not to sound ridiculous.

    It should be mandatory for most of the people in Memphis, who speak either Delta Ebonics or Delta Drawl. The King’s English — or Standard American English, for that matter — are virtually unknown here in our Deep Swamp.

  • Les63

    Before they worry about reducing an accent they need to focus on teaching people to use proper grammar!! I thought every child in this country was taught the rules of English. Parents need to speak correctly themselves and expect it from their children.

  • 1midtownmike

    Obummer, Sharpton, Jackson and all other race baiters would be up in arms if Shelby County Schools targeted a demographic to eradicate urban shuck and jive slang. The aforementioned hate discrimination……I wonder why they haven’t spoken out against this.

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