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My last post, plus catching the '21 Accents' girl on BoingBoing, got me thinking.
Hometown shout-outs are always welcome, but on her 14th Face of Eve she got the Charleston accent all wrong. It's not the first time, and actors are forever dreaming up a Southern accent that no one has ever heard outside of the movies. Where did it come from?

If you're attempting a Southern accent, please remember this:

VIVIEN LEIGH WAS NOT A SOUTHERNER.

It's so uniform, in movies, that it's obvious that they're all getting it from somewhere. It makes sense that the minute somebody gets a part and says, 'Oh, crap, I've got to develop a Southern accent,' they'd make the obvious leap to GWTW and take it from there.
Charleston accents are different anyway- the upstate is much more Appalachian.

If you wanted to do a Charleston accent, you need to say later to Miss O'Hara, and ask Foghorn Leghorn what's shakin'.

'Ow famleh hewse is on the Cuppa Rivah, but ow dottas go to shkewwl at Ashley Haw."

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