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People who would never tolerate any other obvious form of prejudice often make an exception for accents. Something sounds smart in a British accent and dumb in a Southern accent, right?
On the other hand, there's something genuinely funny about accents. And the more you know about them, the funnier it gets. Until Monty Python came along with their dazzling kaleidoscope of Yorkshiremen, Cockney gangsters, upper class twits and drunken Australian philosophy professors, I didn't appreciate how many British-derived accents and dialects there are. To this day I think some of their routines would be even funnier to me if I had a keen appreciation of how people from Rutland sound.
Here in America, the Northern accent versus the Southern may actually be the sharpest reminder of how some of us still can't quite believe this is all one country.
So, today, accents. We'll get serious about them. Except when we're fooling around.
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