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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    No, no, no! The place with no accent is wherever YOU happen to live.

    (Everyplace else has an accent.)

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    It does sound rather surreal, though -- I love it when Brits talk about an "American" accent, and I'm thinking, "Hey, my English sounds good as it is, you're the ones who talk funny."
    On the contrary, I fully realize that NC has a distinct accent, even distinct among the other Southern states. In fact, I can tell if a person is from up by the Virginia line, or out in the foothills of the Appalachians, or down state by the coast. Accents and dialects have always fascinated me.

    One final note-- call centers are placed wherever they can staff them, not where there is no accent. A lot of call centers are getting outsourced to India these days. There was a funny thread on INTPCentral awhile back that was titled something like "No, Customer Service Guy, Your Name Is Not Jason."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    No, no, no! The place with no accent is wherever YOU happen to live.
    No, not true. People where I live have a pronounced accent. I've never been to a place where people have no accent.

    I personally have no accent. Ask Ivy.




    The statement could be made that I don't happen to live anywhere particular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    No, not true. People where I live have a pronounced accent. I've never been to a place where people have no accent.

    I personally have no accent. Ask Ivy.




    The statement could be made that I don't happen to live anywhere particular.
    I'm afraid I can't confirm that you have no accent. But not a Southern accent, surely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    One final note-- call centers are placed wherever they can staff them, not where there is no accent. A lot of call centers are getting outsourced to India these days. There was a funny thread on INTPCentral awhile back that was titled something like "No, Customer Service Guy, Your Name Is Not Jason."
    Iowa and Tornado Alley are prime locations for call centers. Part of this is the backlash against outsourcing overseas, but other considerations have effect as well: simpler legal aspects, fewer cultural misunderstandings, fewer geographic frustrations (time zones, etc), yadda yadda.

    Farmsourcing is a burgeoning field, to tell the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    I'm afraid I can't confirm that you have no accent. But not a Southern accent, surely.
    I have a wholly undefinable accent, hence, no accent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    No, not true. People where I live have a pronounced accent. I've never been to a place where people have no accent.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    On the contrary, I fully realize that NC has a distinct accent, even distinct among the other Southern states.
    *groan* ...it was a JOKE...! a JOKE!!!

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    But fine. I can say the word "bucket" and "bottle" with a cockney accent. Do I win a prize?

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    There is actually an "accent" in the area where I grew up -- it's a pseudo-West Virginia accent, from the backwoods of PA. I don't have much of it, but I find it easy to drop into the rhythm when I go back to visit.


    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    I have a wholly undefinable accent, hence, no accent.
    You type with an accent. I can hear it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    I have a wholly undefinable accent, hence, no accent.
    I'll give you the undefinable (I think mine's pretty muttish also, on account of going to Quaker school with a bunch of damned Yankees) but not the "no accent." (But that's just because I don't think anybody has "no accent." Just diluted/mixed accents.)
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    As for the OP.

    I've stopped correcting grammar unless I'm requested to do so. The ROI for being an unsolicited Conan the Grammarian is simply not sufficient. Besides, sometimes it's much more satisfying and instructive to let people make silly mistakes--like letting a puffed-up firewall admin constantly refer to "authentification" when talking to vendors.

    Edit: "Authentification" has entered the common language as a portmanteau of "authentication" and "identification." These are separate concepts and really should be kept separate, for clarity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    There is actually an "accent" in the area where I grew up -- it's a pseudo-West Virginia accent, from the backwoods of PA.
    Yins or you'ns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
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