general american

noun, sometimes capitalized G & capitalized A

Definition of general american

: the native speech of natives of the U.S. whose speech is not that of the South or of the r-dropping Northeast specifically : such speech excluding that of the Middle Atlantic states and western Pennsylvania

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“General american.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/general%20american. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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