Bernie Sanders' accent, explained Why America still uses Fahrenheit 1 day ago   04:40

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This year two major presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — speak with a New York City accent. And Queens College linguist Michael Newman thinks it might be good for their brand. Writing in the New York Times, he said:

"Americans have come to associate New Yorkers, and so New York accents, with saying what you mean, intense emotional talk and not worrying too much about whom you offend."

But the larger pattern outside this year's presidential race is that the New York City accent is stigmatized, and its most distinctive features are fading.

That's why Bernie Sanders provides such an interesting case study. He was born in 1941 and raised in a lower-middle-class household in a Jewish part of Brooklyn. Even though he's now spent more of his life in Vermont than in New York, his voice tells a story of his past and the past of nation's greatest city.

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H-hewwo can I g-get a cawfee? OwO
Ben Abadie
I didn’t need to watch this to know that Bernie Sanders is old as dirt.
Lee Alexander
I love the accent.
Lee Alexander
Brooklyn. That's all the explanation needed.
J
Who is this woman. She’s so beautiful
DarkK ToucH
So you trying to say what ?
You can't even dream of being someone like bernie.
Sergio Moreno
Personally, I’m partial to Bernie Sandwich.
Me
gimmie some sugah baby
wackydelly84
you forgot the one thing he does that contradicts what you said about dropping r's . . . . he does the british thing of adding R's at the end of words that don't have them, that should end with the "a" sound. . . so for example, Bernie says "obamer" or he says "americer" like he just is not capable of ending any words with that "a". . . brits do it too, i'm curious how that got into his way of talking.
iLoveJackingOn
Duh, he's from Brooklyn
Caranor
What English settlers, it took until 1674 before NY became English, it was Dutch before. There was even an uprising in 1689.
7saany
She's so cute. Im glad Vox is putting faces on their journalists. Awesome piece. and that last bit was hilarious and adorable 👍🏻
Soleilune
You're covering a SOCIALIST'S accent?!?! I'M TRIGGERED!!! *SCREEEEEEEEEEEE*
Philip Denys
"Get outta heh" 😂
Abun Dance
Vox is an establishment left news organization so they do not want Bernie to win. They point out his Jewishness to scare away white people from voting for him and they point out his whiteness to scare away non white people from voting for him. Vox wants Kamala Harris to win.
Dylan Boulanger
Trump for 2020
Ruly Sire
He’s a New York Jew, that’s the whole explanation
X X
The only thing i like about him is his accent.
Aiden D
tha one pahcent
Yelloweyeball
I don't know about nomination, but if he gets it, it would be amusing seeing hearing New York style accents argue during the presidential debates.
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Since I've moved to the US in 2010, there's one thing that I still don't fully understand: the imperial system. Virtually every country on earth uses Celsius but America has yet to follow. Although it might not seem like a big deal, not using the metric system puts America at a great disadvantage. For example, American kids have to learn 2 sets of measurements making science education even more difficult. On top of that, American companies have to produce extra products to export to metric countries. So why does the United States still have such an antiquated system of measurement?

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