Friday 23 February 2018

How you speak says more than what you actually say

Even in this politically correct world, discrimination based on accent is still common, writes Fionnan Sheahan

WORD PLAY: Hollywood actor Brad Pitt plays an Irish Traveller with a strong accent in Guy Ritchie's film Snatch
WORD PLAY: Hollywood actor Brad Pitt plays an Irish Traveller with a strong accent in Guy Ritchie's film Snatch
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

IT'S not what you say, it's the prejudice of those listening. Discrimination based on someone's accent isn't actually related to the way people sound in their own right, but stereotypes about the area they come from.

The moment you open your mouth, someone is shaping their assessment. In a more politically correct world, people are supposed to be less likely to directly discriminate against others based on race, ethnicity, home or economic background, but discrimination based on accent still seems to be fair game.

It's still pretty common for people to make judgements based solely on how someone speaks. As bad as judging the book by the cover is the habit of framing an immediate opinion in the mind based upon a person's twang.

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