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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Speaking of accents

By Randy A. Salas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) How do you talk? Or do you pronounce it tawk or tock? The way Americans pronounce words tells a lot about where they live and grew up. Try these quizzes to see if they confirm what you think you already know about your accent.

www.memegen.net/view/show/2313

Thomas (Xavier) Kun's "What American accent do you have?" quiz became an Internet sensation quickly after he created it in October. On blogs and in posts at sites such as Snopes.com and Fark.com, people enthusiastically shared quiz results showing what American accent they have. Months later, that quiz is still the most popular feature at the original site, GoToQuiz (www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_accent_do_you_have). There's only one problem: Kun doesn't want you to take it; he wants you to try the revised version, which is linked above. "I suppose it's great that the first quiz is still taking over the world like it is," he wrote in his MySpace blog (www.myspace.com/tomkun83), "but I want the other quiz to take off because it doesn't give as many wrong answers as the first one." Both quizzes ask if you pronounce words such as "cot" and "caught" the same or differently. But the more-extensive second test adds more questions and more detailed results.

My test: The original quiz pegged my accent as being Inland North, which includes Minnesota, but I grew up in Orlando and my pronunciation of the quiz words hasn't changed since I moved to Minneapolis. On the fine-tuned test, my accent was described as being Northern, which includes Inland North but also western New England, closer to my parents' home state of Rhode Island.

www.alphadictionary.com/articles/yankeetest.html

Are you a Rebel or a Yankee? AlphaDictionary's quiz tackles that question by asking about words common to a region to determine how they affect your speech. So it's not just how you pronounce words, but which ones you use in the first place. For example, what do you call carbonated drink? In Minnesota, "pop" is the preferred word, according to the quiz and my experience. But I've always used "soda," which the test says is common in the Northeast, where my parents and older siblings grew up. After each multiple-choice question, the site gives you immediate details about your answer. Once you complete the quiz, you're given an overall score of Yankeetude. Then, if you dare, you can follow the link to the Advanced Rebel-Yankee Test.

My test: When I responded that I pronounce "caramel" as either the two-syllable "car-ml" or the three-syllable "car-a-mel," the test's immediate response was, "Make up your mind." Funny. My overall score: "52 percent Dixie. Barely in Dixie." I did move to Minneapolis more than 16 years ago.

Further exploration

If you'd like to learn more about the way you speak, the most compelling additional resource is George Mason University's Speech Accent Archive (accent.gmu.edu), which lets you actually hear how native and non-native English speakers from different areas sound as they read the same paragraph. You can even browse the audio samples by clicking on various regions on a world map. Those wanting more can try Evolution Publishing's English Dialect Links (www.evolpub.com/Americandialects/EngDialLnx.html) and the University of Kansas' International Dialects of English Archive (web.ku.edu/idea). They'll fill you in on what it's all about. Or do you pronounce it aboht?

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.



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Special deliveries
Weight-loss journeys
Daily routines
Working without a map
Just you watch!
New year, new diet
Your mail answered
Chatting: Central characters
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For your consideration
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A quest for dragons
E-mails you've sent
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In reply to your e-mail ...
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E-mail @ 35
Idle chatter
Funny money
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For an unusual Thanksgiving
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Remain anonymous

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