03/30/2012 10:08 am ET

Where The Chicago Accent Comes From And How Politics Is Changing It

Comedian (and Atlanta native) David Cross has a bit about how a particular accent associated with the rural south can actually be found in semi-rural areas all over the country. For lack of a better term, in culturally red-state areas. It's a little offensive and NSFW, but as a fellow southerner, I can attest to the phenomenon. Some of it makes sense--the first place Cross brings up is Bakersfield, California, which not only has specific historical reasons for sounding country, it has its own country-music sound. But, broadly speaking, it does seem to be real, and it is kind of weird.

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