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

(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.

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Aug 17, 2014 12:44 PM CDT
If someone didn't want to give up their accents then they just would not have to take the class. To keep someone else from taking it is BS
Crazy Horse
Aug 1, 2014 12:24 PM CDT
What is wrong with regional colloquialisms? Honestly, I find the southern accent more erudite and educated. If choosing between two candidates in a job interview where one has a Joisey or Baston accent and the other an easy-going southern drawl, I'll choose the latter any day.
Jul 31, 2014 10:39 PM CDT
I have to admit if I was hiring and two people with equal experience came to me and one had a drawl and the other spoke correct grammar I would hire the latter especially if it's a position that requires client interaction.