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Accents a.k.a. The Accents was a doo-wop band during the 1950s. Its only popular song came out during the “sack” dress fad, and was entitled "Wiggle, Wiggle." The song was released in October, 1958, and contended that a girl didn’t have to be pretty, or wear good clothes; she just had to wear a “sack” dress, and “wiggle” where it showed the most.


Accents are the distinctive variations in the pronunciation of a language. They can be native or foreign, local or national and can provide information about a person’s geographical locality, socio-economic status and ethnicity. The perception of accents involves the categorisation of speakers into social groups and entails judgments about the accented-speaker, including their status and personality. Accents can significantly alter the perception of an individual or an entire group, which is an important fact considering that the frequency that people with different accents are encountering one another is increasing, partially due to inexpensive international travel and social media. As well as affecting judgments, accents also affect key cognitive processes that are involved in a myriad of daily activities. The development of accent perception occurs in early childhood. Consequently, from a young age accents influence our perception of other people, decisions we make about when and how to interact with others, and, in reciprocal fashion, how other people perceive us.

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Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

We generally reckon three grammatical accents in ordinary use, all borrowed from the Greeks, viz. the acute accent ('), which shows when the tone of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today (2010)

by Edith Wen-Chu Chen

that indicate that in American society there exists a specific and focused revulsion among non-Asian Americans to Asian accents.6 At the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Meeting in 2008, accent-related circumstances of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Music. Translated ... by William Waring (1779)

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, William WARING (Translator.)

There are as many different Accents, as there are method: of modulating the voice thereunto, and there are as many various kinds os Accents as there are general causes for such modulaiions._ In common discourse, there arc, distinguished ...

Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1832)

Much controversy has arisen concerning both the origin and the use of the Hebrew accents. Some maintain, that they serve to distinguish the sense; while others allow them no other office than to regulate the musical cadence, or melody ; ...

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I worked the drive-through at McDonald's and tried out different accents - Italian, Russian, Irish. (James Franco)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1N1T1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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