Hit that thing wicked had.
I live in a place with lots of Asians. So I'm at the Dr. and I'm chatting with one of the nurses, petite Filipina-descent woman. I assumed she grew up locally, but she tells me she grew up in Worcester. Shocked, I say "You don't sound like you grew up in Wusstah (myself having grown up in New England)." So she says, "I worked wicked hahd to lose the accent!"
"The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov