Words like “ask” pronounced “aks”

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    L. Amor
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    Why is it a lot of African-Americans say words differently? For example, instead of ‘ask’ they pronounce it ‘aks’? Even on TV commercials.

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    AmberW
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    It’s called having a different dialect. In a diverse country such as the US, there are bound to be variations in the way different sub-groups speak the English language. Not everyone will pronounce their words like Caucasians, and it is not right of people to expect them to do so. Yes, we are all American, but there are differences among us including family rearing, foods, clothing styles, hairstyles, etc. Why would speech pattern be any different?

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    Cliff
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    I wonder this myself and am not proud. Speak proper English my fellow Afro-Americans! Society has had it with ebonics.

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    LaurieS
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    I’m white, and I can say “ask” correctly, but I have trouble with “asked.” I just can’t seem to pronounce it. I know how but it never comes out right. So for some people it might be as simple as that. And we do live in a large country with many regional accents and dialects. As long as a person can carry on an intelligent conversation and you know what they are saying, why worry about it?

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