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People from foreign countries, and even often from different regions within your own country if it’s a large one, typically have accents when they speak your language, whether that’s their native tongue or not. You, on the other hand, don’t. What makes this a bit of a paradox is that it is true for everyone. So, you simultaneously do and don’t have an accent.

If that thought is frying your brain then you are spending far to much time thinking about totally ridiculous nonsense.

In the above context, accent means the distinctive way that someone pronounces the words in a language. For example, many people in the South Eastern United States say “y’all,” when everyone else in the United States, Canada and most other English speaking countries say “you all.” That’s due to the difference in our accents.

On the other hand, when people from the South say, “y’all” when everyone else says “you,” that’s because of I don’t know what the hell what. Really. They say “y’all” even when they are talking to only one person. The first time I heard that directed at me I thought the person who said it was making a snide remark about my weight. But, no, she was just being friendly; and possibly making a snide comment about my girth, but, if so, that was secondary. To each his or her own, y’all.

Accent can also refer to the emphasis placed on a word or syllable. For example, when you call someone a dick-head, you likely put a little more emphasis on “dick” than on “head.” That could be referred to as “accenting dick.”

Although, if someone did say that you were accenting dick, people might be confused because the word dick is also used as a synonym for “nothing.” So, if you say, “I accented dick,” people might think you meant that you didn’t accent anything. That having been said, in most cases they won’t think that because they won’t care one whit, so they’ll ignore you when you say crap like that.

Accent might also mean that you have placed particular emphasis on a particular aspect of some issue or activity. For example, you might say, “The accent is on high fat, high calories and high cholesterol at the [name withheld to avoid lawsuits] fast food restaurant chain that I frequent.” Warning: If you say that in a public forum, with the name filled in, expect your now fat ass to be sued by the company.

Accent can also mean a distinctive, contrasting design element placed on, for example, furnitures, cars, kitchen appliances or anywhere else where the manufacturer thinks that an accent will increase the price people will pay for the item. However, they’ll claim they did for aesthetic, not commercial reasons. As if.

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