NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio accused of faking accent to gain street cred

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FILE - This Jan. 1, 2014 file photo shows Dante de Blasio during the public inauguration ceremony for his father Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall in New York. The mayor's wife, Chirlane McCray, announced via Twitter Wednesday April 29, 2015 that their son will be attending Yale University this fall. (AP Dante de Blasio on Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Chiara De Blasio and Dante De Blasio attend New Year's Eve 2015 in Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, during his State of the City speech, laid out the progress his administration made on fighting inequality in 2014.
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The mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino (L) poses with New York city mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray (hidden) and their children Dante and Chiara at the entrance of Rome's city hall before their meeting on July 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
3-February-New York, NY: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City Address held at Mason Hall at Baruch College on February 3, 2015 in New York City. RTNJennings/MediaPunch/IPX
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray listens while her husband Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at Baruch College on February 3, 2015 in New York City. De Blasio focused particularly on affordable housing in the speech and also announced plans for a new ferry service. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at Baruch College on February 3, 2015 in New York City. De Blasio focused particularly on affordable housing in the speech and also announced plans for a new ferry service. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Alek Wek, Sonam Lama, Jencarlos Canela, Nykhor Paul, David Miliband, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Dante De Blasio and Chiara De Blasio attend New Year's Eve 2015 in Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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New York Mayor Bill Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at Baruch College, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. He detailed his ambitious plans to build and preserve affordable housing throughout New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton listens while Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address at Baruch College on February 3, 2015 in New York City. De Blasio focused particularly on affordable housing in the speech and also announced plans for a new ferry service. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Dante De Blasio attends New Year's Eve 2015 in Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
GRASSANO, ITALY - JULY 24: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, Chiara de Blasio and Dante de Blasio stand for the national anthem at a welcome ceremony during a visit to Mayor de Blasio's grandmother's town on July 24, 2014 in Grassano, Italy. The New York City mayor and his family are on an eight-day holiday in Italy but de Blasio has plans to meet with Italy's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, and with Pietro Parolin, the Holy Sees secretary of state. (Photo by Giovanni Marino/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and his son, Dante, march in the West Indian Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The mayor's wife, Chirlane McCray, announced via Twitter Wednesday April 29, 2015, that their son will be attending Yale University this fall. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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By RYAN GORMAN

New York's Boston-bred mayor is a phony, according to some.

Bill de Blasio is accused by New York media of faking a native accent during his State of the City speech.

The Massachusetts native was noticed by DNAinfo pronouncing the word "neighborhood" and "neigh-bah-hood" during the Tuesday address from Baruch College.

Hizzoner pronounced the word "neigh-bor-hood" in previous speeches and media appearances, according to the news site.

De Blasio said "neigh-bah-hood" in the regional dialect of his adopted city more than 20 times, linguist Daniel Kaufman told DNAinfo.

"That is definitely an aberration in relation to de Blasio's dialect, which is very standard," Kaufman, the founder and executive director of the Endangered Language Alliance, told the site.

The mayor pitched more ferries for the city and furthered his affordable housing push, but those agendas were seemingly lost amid a sea of chatter about his new accent.

Watch his inaugural address below to hear the difference.
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio's Full Inaugural Address

Kaufman chalked up the mayor's put-on accent as part of a greater effort to relate to his city's police and its more than eight million residents in the wake of recent scandals.

"Maybe this is a liability now that he's having issues with the police, a community that is quite strongly identified with the dialects of working class people of NYC," said the linguist.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio's predecessor, was also from Boston. He has spent most of his adult life working to rid himself of that wicked harsh New England accent, according to a 2006 New York Times feature.

"[Bloomberg] may be the first mayor of NYC to speak without any trace of a NYC dialect," said Kaufman. "Giuliani, Dinkins and Koch spoke the Italian, African-American and Jewish ethnolects of NYC, respectively."

A city hall spokesperson told DNAinfo that the mayor has not worked on his accent, adding the allegation is "the most ridiculous inquiry we've gotten yet in 2015."
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