Lab Ditches Class to Rid Workers of Drawls

Tennessee employees complained about 6-week course

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Looks like workers at a Tennessee lab are "stuck" with their Southern drawls after all. Management at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is reneging on its offer of a six-week course designed to strip employees of their "y'alls" and "yonders" after people complained about the premise, reports CBS News. The course was pitched as a way to boost workers' confidence in meetings, but "given the number of staff here who have Southern accents, this was clearly not received well," a lab spokesperson tells Reuters. Maybe the instructors can concentrate on helping goats with their accents instead.

Tennessee lab canceled an accent reduction class after employees complained.
Tennessee lab canceled an "accent reduction" class after employees complained.   (Shutterstock)
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