Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Here and There

Charter of Compassion

Former Catholic nun, author and scholar Karen Armstrong accepts her 2008 TED prize and speaks on the Charter of Compassion.

Noting how large religions have been diverted from their moral purpose to foster compassion she is urging a worldwide return to the tenets of the Golden Rule.

What's Your Accent?

Ever wonder how they determine what regional accent you have?

Here's a quiz you can take http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_accent_do_you_have which determines what accent you have (if you don't know already).

Beside the usual North vs. South accent why is the most obvious, who knew there were so many distinctions? That and the New York, Boston, and Chicago ones which also tend to be the most obvious.

Now, to me the determining factor was the Mary, Marry, and Merry test. Which, if you are from the middle of the country, all likely sound the same when spoken, whereas in the Northeast they have a unique distinction. Not sure I agree with the exact breakdown they use, and it seems the left some things out. A recent study determined that there were no distinctions within the New York accents which I am sure anyone from let's say the Bronx or Long Island you ask, may beg to differ. Isn't it interesting how the accent distinctions match the climate chart?

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