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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Bawlamer, here's your chance to shine. Kinda. The fine elocutionists at gawker.com, ever on the prowl for clarion calls provocative enough to get a response from their site visitors, have announced a new contest that sounds right up Charm City's alley. They're looking for the country's ugliest accent. Prompted, they say, by a fear that American accents are flattening -- that is, that we're losing our regional dialects and beginning to sound blandly alike -- Gawker has thrown down the gauntlet.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Bawlamer, here's your chance to shine. Kinda. The fine elocutionists at gawker.com, ever on the prowl for clarion calls provocative enough to get a response from their site visitors, have announced a new contest that sounds right up Charm City's alley. They're looking for the country's ugliest accent. Prompted, they say, by a fear that American accents are flattening -- that is, that we're losing our regional dialects and beginning to sound blandly alike -- Gawker has thrown down the gauntlet.
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August 20, 1992
A number of changes are in store for readers of the Accent section beginning this week. Fashion coverage, which has appeared in the Wednesday paper, has moved to Thursdays, complete with features on style, trends and beauty. Thursday's Accent Plus, our weekend preview, will move to Fridays and be called Maryland Live, an easy-to-read tabloid guide to what's happening.@
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum today looks onto a tree stump and a grassy lot, but that view could soon change with the construction of two large, orange-accented apartment buildings. It's the first phase of a long-awaited redevelopment of the Poppleton area. The go-ahead last week from the city's urban design and architecture review panel is one of the first steps forward since ambitious plans to overhaul a 13.8-acre portion of the neighborhood were announced almost a decade ago. Just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the $800 million, 10-year redevelopment of Poppleton is supposed to build on the expansion of the University of Maryland's BioPark and ultimately create more than 1,000 residential units, a new charter school, shopping and parks in a neighborhood once riddled with crime and drug activity.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Matt Rosendale, a Republican running for Congress in Montana, left his native Maryland years ago.   He was, according to his campaign web site, eager to leave the " inherent liberal socialism of the east coast. " But there's one part of Maryland that Rosendale has not left behind: the accent.  "It is air tahm to seize the moment," Rosendale tells supporters in a political ad, as first reported by The Daily Beast.   "I blieve we must do something to stem the tide of blOAWted, OAWverreaching, govermint grOAWth.
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Lorraine Mirabella | June 1, 2012
All Tom Brady wants is a little help finding the Under Armour "coldblack" golf gear when he stops in a Dick's Sporting Goods store near his new house in El Segundo, Calif. Instead, he gets mocked by a store clerk who doesn't recognize the New England Patriots quarterback and proceeds to make fun of his non-existent "Bah-ston" accent, offering him "wah-tah" and baked beans. That's the premise of a comedy video created by Under Armour and website Funny or Die that's going viral with some 900,000 views since going live this week.
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By Marty McGee and Marty McGee,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 15, 1991
LAUREL -- Just days before its focus shifts to the royally bred horses of its annual Turf Festival, Laurel Race Course yesterday offered the Queen Isabella Handicap as a lead-in.Crowned would have been an appropriate winner, given her name and her assignment as high-weight in a field of eight fillies and mares. But after Dixie Accent moved through a tight opening along the rail, she was able to run down Crowned, ridden by Rick Wilson, in the final 110 yards."You let her through the ---- hole," Wilson said angrily to fellow jockey Alberto Delgado upon unsaddling.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 8, 2002
Actor John Hannah, whose Scottish brogue is thicker than haggis, always had to convince British casting agents that he could muster an English accent. He never got to play an Englishman until the American production of The Mummy. "It was a goofy kind of part," he says. "I debated for a long time whether or not I should take it because I thought if I do this badly it's going to be the end of my career, you know, and it would be rubbish." On ABC's new satire, MDs, he gets to roll his `R's, round out his vowels and clip his sentences as much as he wants.
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By Linda Bennett | May 5, 1991
It's not nice to call them "earth tones" any more, but look fo furnishings and accessories in a color palette straight from Mother Nature's paint box come fall, with a special emphasis on acres of green.Upholstery fabrics and other offerings at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., included greens ranging from sage and hunter to olive and kiwi. (There was avocado, too, but no one seemed comfortable calling it that.)After green, yellow was the next most exciting coloration at market, with tones from mustard and old gold to wheat and bright sunflower making an appearance.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,SUN STAFF | February 29, 1996
Judy Langenthal comes from a long line of good dressers. Her grandfather was a custom tailor, and her own father founded London Fog.That helps explain how the civic volunteer artfully blends patterns, color and styles in her wardrobe. One of her favorite haunts for one-of-a-kind finds is the American Craft Council show, at the Baltimore Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday."I'm not such a fancy dresser," says Ms. Langenthal, 60, who lives in Pikesville and is active with the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
"Stones in His Pockets," a play about an American film company invading a community in rural Ireland, has more than a dozen characters, but only two actors. That means a lot of quick switches between genders, ages and, above all, accents. For its production of this work by Irish playwright Marie Jones, Center Stage started with a pair of versatile performers - Clinton Brandhagen, an Everyman Theatre resident member; and New York-based Todd Lawson. Then the company brought in a dialect expert to help those disparate voices ring true.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Matt Rosendale, a Republican running for Congress in Montana, left his native Maryland years ago.   He was, according to his campaign web site, eager to leave the " inherent liberal socialism of the east coast. " But there's one part of Maryland that Rosendale has not left behind: the accent.  "It is air tahm to seize the moment," Rosendale tells supporters in a political ad, as first reported by The Daily Beast.   "I blieve we must do something to stem the tide of blOAWted, OAWverreaching, govermint grOAWth.
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By Christianna McCausland, For The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The homes of the Mid-Atlantic's waterfront communities epitomize coastal style. Whether on the beach in Ocean City or a creek on the Eastern Shore, the look is casual and calming, creating a style that makes its owners feel like every day is a vacation. Gina Fitzsimmons, owner of Fitzsimmons Design Associates and the Annapolis-based home furnishings store Details of Design, specializes in coastal homes. She calls this look "Chesapeake Cozy. " "I find that people in this region gravitate to a more comfortable, functional, tailored interior with a more eclectic look and natural materials," she says.
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By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
First comes love, then comes marriage and then comes time to pick out the baby carriage - and decorate the nursery. Already the tabloids are speculating on the room where England's heir to the throne will lay his royal head when Prince William's and Kate Middleton's baby is born in July. And even though Kim Kardashian and Kanye West aren't quite in sync with the old rhyme, the gossip magazines are anticipating the extravagant nursery the couple will add to their $11 million mansion in Bel Air. Not to mention the nursery that Joe Flacco and his wife, Dana, can create for their second child with the Ravens quarterback's new $120.6 million deal.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
As someone who loved the 2000 movie "Billy Elliot," I had doubts that it could be turned into a stage musical. I figured too much of the gritty mining town atmosphere of the original would be lost, for a start. And I was suspicious that the many touchy subjects in the story -- masculinity, sexual orientation, the value of the arts, etc. -- could survive the transformation. I feared there would be too much watering down, maybe even dumbing down. Instead, as I was happily reminded this week ...  seeing "Billy Elliot" again when it arrived at the Hippodrome , the result is remarkably effective.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar has a certain je ne sais quoi . The eatery - a Federal Hill mainstay, serving three meals a day since 2004 - is excessively charming, with a look lifted right out of Paris' Left Bank. Dark painted wood, golden walls and twinkling lights decorate the petite space. It would be no surprise to spy Hemingway, tucked in a corner, scribbling away. Despite the distinctly Parisian feel, Metropolitan's menu and drinks list tell an international story, representing flavors from all over the world.
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By Frank Bruni and Frank Bruni,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 2, 1994
In "Blown Away," Tommy Lee Jones tries his tongue at an Irish brogue, and sounds to these ears like the genuine article.Co-star Jeff Bridges seems to be going for a Boston inflection, and comes up short.Alas, Mr. Bridges' is the more common fate.Actors love accents, which seem a simple way to evoke a drastic transformation of persona, the kind Oscar loves.Why do you think Meryl Streep gets nominated every time she blows her nose? Because she never blows it in the same accent twice.But accents don't love actors back, and the cost of these failures to the movies is steep.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | July 18, 1995
Laura Thompson said she had no difficulty understanding the message from an irate caller with a South Asian accent -- he threatened to get a gun and shoot Howard Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney.Ms. Thompson testified yesterday at the Circuit Court trial of Saif U. Khan of Arlington, Va., recalling how she asked the caller to slow down and repeat what he had said so that she could hear him clearly.Speaking in clipped sentences, the man repeated his threat, Ms. Thompson said. "He said to me that he was going to shoot the judge," testified Ms. Thompson, supervisor of the civil department at Circuit Court Clerk's Office.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
The storm now afflicting New York and New Jersey and nearby states is either a northeaster  or a nor'easter. Northeaster  is the older term, its first citation in the Oxford English Dictionary  dating from 1753. Nor'easter  blew in from the sea much later, first cited in a translation of Aristophanes' Knights  by B.D. Walsh in 1837.  Nor'easter , from the citations in the OED , appears to have been strongly dialectical, as in A.R. Ammons's Glare : "Well, it's Easter morning right now, with a nor'easter, out-of-whack, whipper-jawed, eight-inch dump load of snow on the ground.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Three men were shot and one was stabbed on Halloween night in Baltimore, according to Baltimore police. About 7:18 p.m., police responded to the 1000 block of N. Broadway in the Gay Street neighborhood of East Baltimore, just north of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital, and found a man shot, police said. About 8:16 p.m., police said another man was found shot in the 5300 block of Carriage Court in the Westgate neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, just south of North Bend Elementary school.
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