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Dr. Universe: Why do we have different accents?

Dr. UniverseWhether you say hello, ‘ello, hey ya’ll, toe-may-toe or toe-ma-toe, we all have a kind of accent that often comes from where we live or who lives around us.

That’s what I found out from my friend Nancy Bell, a WSU English professor who is really curious about the way language works. She told me more about why we have accents and why » More …