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Pardon me, love? Oregon woman wakes up from surgery with a foreign accent

from Time

Well that's one way to acquire an accent. Karen Butler is a 56-year-old tax consultant in Toledo, Ore., who went into surgery for a dental implant with a standard Oregonian accent and emerged with an accent that sounds one part South African, one part Irish and all parts WTF. Apparently, Butler has a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome, thought to be caused by a small stroke which affects a specific area of the brain and alters a person's speech patterns so it sounds as if they have a foreign accent. Although Butler says she hasn't had any other symptoms that would indicate she suffered from a stroke, the accent hasn't faded in two years. more


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