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  •  Me too (3+ / 0-)
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    Spit, ornerydad, kyril

    I erased my Maine accent when I went off to boarding school and then college.  I'm ashamed of that, really, but not enough to reclaim it. And I totally get your Foucault line.  Been there.

    •  Mine comes back in a flash (3+ / 0-)
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      ornerydad, peachcreek, kyril

      if I'm around my partner's Appalachian relatives for long. I never realized how much some parts of the CA central valley drawl are exactly Appalachia until I heard them speak, and it took 5 minutes for my speech to revert. The only major difference I can find is that I don't say, like, "I'll see y'all on Toosdy."

      I like my drawl when it pops up now, but certainly didn't when I was still under the impression that it would be better to have the faux-respect that came with getting rid of it.

      Or maybe I'm just aware now that I don't have anything to lose, that's actually more likely, as I have yet to write the great American novel or whatever. :P

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