Nothing personal/insulting meant in all this. Just a matter of aural flavors.... Watching the Red Sox thus far beating the Yankees tonight (go, Sawx!), I thought of Jerry Remy, the Red Sox color commentator and Fall River, Mass., native. I love how he pronounces Xander Bogaerts' name: "ZANdeh BOgaahhts." Nomar Garciaparra ("NOmah Gahsee-ah-PAHwah") was a good one, too. Not sure the Boston area/New England accents are my favorite, but I do find them charming, and friendly- and even honest-sounding. (Locally swindled Bostonians will correct me here.) Maybe a (woman's) soft Virginia accent would be mine. Beautiful edge-lessness, there. But there are so many Virginia accents, I've learned, that I'd have to specify this as a northern Shenandoah Valley/Central Piedmont one. Least favorite would be the harshly nasal Upper Midwest accents I grew up among, and the twangier Southern/Appalachian accents. Both types over-tang my sinuses. And very situational would be heavy Bwooklyn and Bwonx accents. I can find these over-aggressive even when not, though most of my gentler relatives had these same accents. Likable or not, I hope that these (and the planet) are still around a few centuries hence. Homogenization is a costly thing. So, your favorite/least favorite American accent(s)?