The granddaddy of dialect surveys

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  1. “Sleep.”
    True story: When we lived in Boston for a couple of years, my wife applied for a job as receptionist for a dentist. One of his first questions was, where was she from originally? “Virginia, she answered.” He dismissed her, saying he didn’t hire people from the South because he found them “slow.”

    1. I believe it. When we lived in Connecticut for a year, somebody noticed our Oklahoma speech and said something like “It even rains slow there. It rains so slow you can walk around in it and never get wet.” I find people in the Northeast too “fast.” Then there was Judge Luttig at the hearing the other day. Now that was slow!

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