Let's take Kevin Spacey's southern accent on the Netflix series House of Cards, and use it as a springboard for exploring the linguistics of that often times charming regional accent, shall we? In the video above, created by Vox, we learn all about "ay-unglidding." And "r-dropping," that ever distinctive feature of the Southern accent that originated in England.
The clip was made with the help of university linguists -- Dennis Preston at Oklahoma State University; Robin Dodsworth at North Carolina State University; and Kirk Hazen at West Virginia University. To learn more about how well Kevin Spacey masters the accent (and where he falls short), head over to Vox.