Class to erase southern accents cancelled


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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