english as she is spoken

January 15, 2004
Link of the Moment
The speech accent archive is strangely compelling...hundreds of speakers of English, native and not, reading the same passage, with a sound clip and phonetic "ipa" transcription.

It's so odd how difficult it is to discern your own accent. Hey, Erin, or anyone whose crossed big accent lines--if you move someplace with a very strongly different accent than what you grew up with, like down south, do you stop hearing them as "accented" after a while?

Quote of the Moment
'You're the chief of staff. You think you're up to getting us some cheeseburgers?' Card nodded. No one laughed. He all but raced out of the room.

Bumper Sticker of the Moment
Nietzsche apologized and we're having
a fine time hanging up here.
Get over it. --God
--Hypothetical sticker from TheDoorMagazine