Back in middle school, I remember hearing that people automatically dropped 20 points off your IQ if they heard you speak with a Southern accent. I worked very hard at losing mine or at least forcing my tongue to not be so lazy most of the time. By the time college rolled around, I had it down. Working in the theater, you learn that enunciation is indispensable.
I have had the pleasure of hearing the sweet voices of some of my Blog Buddies and their voices are never what I expect or imagine. I know Dawn lives in Massachusetts, but I just can't hear her saying "Yah kahnt get theyah from heah!" Accents can't always be heard in a post about puppies or beautiful art or crystal clear windows. Maybe it is best though. The usual stereotypes don't get in the way. We have the unique opportunity to hear each other's thoughts without getting caught up in how they would come out of our mouths. Apparently, I am neutral. I wonder if those sweet ladies would agree?