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Why Don’t You Hear Someone’s Accent in a Song?

Reader Jared wrote in with this question: “Why do singers I perceive as having accents (i.e. Adele, Bono, etc.) have those accents when they talk, but not when they sing?” Microphone image via Shutterstock I hear what Jared is saying. Or, rather, I don’t hear it. While there are certainly exceptions, I’ve heard a thick accent on [...]

Accented Memories

I have had a theory for a long time that people, consciously or unconsciously, change their accents depending on who we are talking to and what we are talking about. This is mainly because … I have always done it myself! Turns out I’m not alone – according to the Economist, accent shifts are fairly [...]

Octopus Chair

So you’re looking for just the right chair to accent your demon skin rug. Perhaps something tasteful and subtle that conveys your cosmopolitan demeanor. Well, Spanish artist Maximo Riera has just the chair for you. It’s the first of a series of fifteen works designed to resemble walruses, beetles, rhinoceroses, and other animals. Link via [...]

Atlas of Accents around the World

The Speech Accent Archive is a project by George Mason University linguistics professor Steven H. Weinberger. It records people from different parts of the world reading this paragraph in the English language: Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of [...]

The Transatlantic Accent

Wouldn’t it be nice to speak English in a manner that was legible, pleasant, and did not peg you as a resident of …anywhere in particular? That is called the Transatlantic accent, which sounds halfway between British and American English. It makes you sound like you have a good education but no one can tell quite [...]

Gingerbread Houses For Mug Edges

Not Martha has instructions for making your own little tiny gingerbread houses that daintily sit on the edge of your mug, making for a festive and delicious accent to any cup of holiday coco. Link Via Laughing Squid