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Response to Goonch (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2022, 05:37 PM

9. I live in New Orleans where a whole lot of natives

pronounce it as ‘aks.’ The ones I know personally who mispronounce it are highly educated professionals. They don’t even realize they’re doing it.

What I find really odd is that my boss pronounces it as ‘aks’ while both of his adult sons, who also work for us, pronounce it correctly (ask.)

My boss has a very strong Yat accent, but the sons do not. I asked the sons why they don’t speak Yat and both said they weren’t even conscious of their dads’ accent. Weird.

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