maro Lip Schtick: You tell me - #16p

Monday, February 06, 2006

You tell me - #16

I ran across a young woman on TV a couple of nights ago who had the thickest southern accent I have ever heard. Sometimes it is easy to find this kind of drawl charming, but not for this girl.

But then I started thinking ... which is easier on the ears?

A slow, twangy southern accent?

Or a quick, nasal east coast dialect?

You tell me.


Blogger nicole said...

Anything with the word "nasal" in the description is probably something I'm not gonna be able to stomach (except for Jason on "Home Movies." I love to hear that little, snot-nosed kid).

But despite that small hang-up, I usually prefer a northen accent to a southern one. I fight the little bit of a twang I have all the time.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Jessi said...

A southern drawl makes me want to finish people's sentences for them, but it doesn't grate on my ears. Then again, I've been told I have a little twang myself. New Englanders, with those nasal voices, just hurt me. I'll take a little twang any day of the week.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I am ashamed to admit this, but I have an accent double standard. I love a slow southern drawl when spoken by a man. When its a woman, I automatically deduct 25 IQ points and immediately want to slap her. I know its wrong, but I can't help myself!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Brett said...

I'm the flip side of Jennifer, which may mean there are gender-related issues involved. A woman speaking with a drawl will draw my attention (if the voice is pleasant; Springer-esque redneck whines are repugnant from larynxes male and female, young and old). In fact, in college, I helped a woman move her entire dorm room up four flights of stairs after finishing my own move-in, just because she was from flippin' Georgia and said "Please." But I like male movie and TV characters with some hints of up north.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous The Incurable Insomniac said...

I can take a southern drawl, as long as it's not that cooking lady on the Food Network. Too nasal.

I don't mind the northern accent on a man, but (and I'll probably get it for this) a woman with the nasal northern accent sounds like a bar fly to me.

Think I'll vote for the south on this one (never thought I ever hear myself say that, concerning ANYthing!)

11:41 AM  
Blogger fuckoff said...

I like a twang just keep it slow. I don't drink enough coffee to fully appreciate high-speed yammering.

By the way, my word verification is obulp. I don't know why that's funny to me, but there you go.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Bug said...

I love southern accents--male or female! We had a guy that worked for us and he had a northern nasal way of talking...made me want to stab my ears with forks *chuckle*

12:05 PM  
Blogger T said...

I'll take the southern accent any day. I love the south--there's something mysterious and charming about it, simple even, and not in a bad way. I like the slow pace of a good southern accent.

Plus, my favorite author is Pat Conroy--which you have to read (in your mind) with a southern accent.

1:12 PM  
Blogger EKWisdom said...

I can't believe Incurable Insomniac dissed on my Paula Dean!! I mean really, OMG, I want her to be my Grandma! Or at the very least, my mother in law...she's got some good looking, southern bred boys that know how to use southern charm.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Can I go off the board with breathy Marilyn Monroe tones for $200 ?

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Nettl said...

There's nothing like a soft, subtle, high-born, Virginia drawl in my book. Any further south or west, however and it becomes ignorant sounding. And Okie twangs are some of the worst! However, I heard this 16-year-old chick on Dr. Phil the other day (when I was home from work sick), and I don't know from where up north she came, but when she spoke it was the most gawd-awful sound I'd ever heard come out of a person's mouth!

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Janet ( said...

a slow, twangy southern accent, especially on a mayun, said the chick in the quick, nasal east coast dialect!

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To southern ears, northern accents sound right harsh and very nasal and fast. Some southern accents are kind of twangy, but some are very smooth and can soften the harshest of English words. Virginia and Mississippi accents are my favorite.

12:42 AM  

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