Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Y'all come: ORNL bows to Southern pride: Lab cancels training class to curb accents

Via WiscoDave


It’s OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab — after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has cancelled plans for a “Southern Accent Reduction” class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said they were offended by the training opportunity.

ORNL’s human resources department early last week distributed a registration notice for the six-week course to be taught by Lisa Scott, “a nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer.”

Here was the pitch to get employees to sign up for the speech rehab program: “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.”

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18 comments:

  1. WOW - well, then how about a sensitivity training class for the judgmental bigoted ignorant Yankees who work at Oak Ridge so that THEY can blend in better ??? You just can't make this stuff up any more. Y'all know what I mean ;)

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  2. God forbid people think we southerners are intelligent.

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  3. Holy crap! Im not always pleased when Asians, Hispanics, or Amish(German/Dutch) converse in their traditional language when in the presence of english speaking people. But when you tell folks to subdue their accents, well hell, thats just rude! What about the Boston, NewYork, NewJersey, or NewEngland accents? How about us in the Midwest? How about the Yuppers or the Canadians? Im born and lived most of my life in WI, but I love the South and Southern way of life. I can see now the War between the North and South has never ended. The North took everything they could from the South and now they want to change the way you speak?!!! Tell them to go to hell and kiss your arsses on the way.

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  4. Good one! The New Jersey one hurts my ears.

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  5. So much for the superior Yankee- I would simply die if I had to be around this all day:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxPC1NDOAC4

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  6. I can't wait for 'ol Remus' comments. My comments aren't suitable for your blog, Kenny's maybe? And if Dixie reads Wirecutter please don't tell me.
    And somebody need to be fired.
    Terry
    Fla.

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  7. Dear God I never heard anything so stupid...well except Obama. I did phone support for several years and just hated to hear a New Jersey, New York or any New England accent. Is there anyone in that corner of the nation that has manners or are they just all walking Ass Holes. However to hear a southern lady or gentleman I knew things would go good.

    Badger

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    1. Dear God I never heard anything so stupid...well except Obama.

      Priceless. :)

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  8. As someone who works in the other end of Anderson County across from Oak Ridge, nothing suprises me about the "town that government built." That town is full of eletist, holier than thou, intellectual types. I detest going through there, just on the principle of it. Knox county is following a close second in liberal population.

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    1. I detest going through there, just on the principle of it.

      Don't blame you and holier than thou, pegs them to a T.

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  9. Just like the Indians (native americans for you yuppie types) The blue bellies raped pilliaged murdered and burned everything. Then they took away their language and their way of life. Then in WW2 they asked the Navajo people to enlist in the USMC to be code talkers, after they beat them as children for speaking their native tongue. Now just like the Indians, the govt. Raped pilliaged murdered and burned the south and now, one hundred fifty years later they want to take away your way of speaking and way of life.

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  10. The racist SOB's in our Federal Government. Someone should sue them just for trying this.

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