Saturday, April 12, 2008

No Accent Here

Found over at The Little Professor's place:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Not too far off.

Because I do speak standard english! It is everyone else who has an accent. One interesting thing is that I did hang out with someone with an accent containing elements similar to what is heard in Philly, so no surprise to see that up there.

And if you read this far, a recent article by the Little Professor about the number of English majors was rather interesting. I went back there today to give it another read ... and see a priceless comment that appeared since I first saw it. That info about English sounds like the comments among physicists about physics degrees. The fraction of grads is going down even when the number of degrees increases. This is especially true of advanced degrees. And it is not a bad thing.

But say what? Someone is complaining that they only have 45 faculty and they only have 90 English majors? And they used to have a ratio of 55 faculty to 120 majors? Just be happy you have service courses to teach or you would only have 5 or 6 faculty!

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