Tennessee company asks employees to take an accent reduction course

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OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE – In Tennessee, the southern drawl might be considered a distraction in a scientific setting. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, offered a class to help employees get rid of their southern sound.

The class was sold as a way to help scientists with public speaking, so audiences would focus on their message and not the way it was delivered.

But the class was cancelled after employees didn’t take too kindly to the suggestion that their dialect was distracting. Looks like solution turned out to be more of a distraction than the supposed problem.