Our mu­si­cal ac­cents

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What­ever hap­pened to the beau­ti­ful, melodic sound­ing New­found­land ac­cent?

I left Spa­niard’s Bay over 50 years ago, but I still have my ac­cent, and I love it. If I find my­self los­ing it I sim­ply mix and min­gle a bit more with the hun­dred thou­sand or so New­found­lan­ders in and around Toronto.

Why? Be­cause an ac­cent is an as­set. Peo­ple have to lis­ten more at­ten­tively to a speaker with an ac­cent.

It is so sad that New­found­lan­ders are slowly los­ing their ac­cent.

I watch the TV news from New­found­land each night to bet­ter en­able me to cling to a piece of the sod, but to no avail be­cause it seems every­one is try­ing to learn to talk like Main­lan­ders.

Come on folks your sweet, sug­ary, melo­di­ous ac­cent is mu­sic to the ear, so be proud of it.

To the hu­man ear the New­found­land ac­cent is the most pleas­ing ac­cent in the en­tire world - so don’t lose it lest it go the route of the cod­fish.

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