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The notion of a Canadian accent has long been a joke in American pop culture with countless punch-lines on how locals pronounce “about”. But as Toronto professor Jack Chambers points out, the joke may be on Americans.
The obvious question one may consider is why would someone do this? Is it an attempt to seem well-travelled? Sophisticated? Cultured? If so it could well be in vain as I can tell you that there are many people with English accents who are not well-travelled, sophisticated or cultured