The quarterfinals of Gawker's America's Ugliest Accent tournament continue today, right here. Who's worse: Scranton or Tallahassee? Which is uglier, New York or Providence? Vote here!

Since we launched our tournament last week, we've successfully pissed off every linguistics scholar in this fine country, which means we're doing our jobs right, nice work. But it's time to admit that every single person in America speaks like a total wad, and it's important to use science and democracy to uncover and identify the ugliest of ugly accents.

So root hard for your city, knowing full well what is at stake: Pride, honor, and most of all, a chance to rub your disgusting accents in the face of the rest of America. Try as you might, you won't stop us from reveling in our filth.

Scranton vs. Tallahassee and NYC vs. Providence go at it here. As the competition accelerates, remember that the prize is not only pride and a pat on the back from me at the Gawker office—the number one most hated scholar in the field of pseudolinguistics—but you also get to call the cell phone of editor-in-chief Max Read for one twenty-four hour period until the entirety of Ulysses has been read into his voicemail inbox. WHO WOULDN'T WANT THAT?

We'll then burn your ugly trash accent onto a CD-R after we buy a CD burner, then dig a hole somewhere in New York and bury it. Where? It's a surprise. We'll never tell. This is a great prize!!! I hope you win.

For reference and to refresh your memories on what makes these cities so filthy, check our initial introductions here and here. And vote wisely.

Scranton vs. Tallahassee

NYC vs. Providence

[Image by Jim Cooke]