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Peter Hargittay, spokesperson of call center operator PeopleSupport, on why the company chose to set up shop in the Philippines instead of India:

“India pitched us very hard, but after looking at people in the Philippines we felt very strongly that’s the place to go,” Hargittay said. “Filipinos have much better Americanized accents and much more affinity for the American culture.”

That may be true, but what exactly is an “Americanized accent?” In the United States itself, Americans speak in different accents.