I work in “Nova”, Northern Virginia, not far from DC. Technically it is in the south, though I don’t know anyone who thinks of it as “The South”. There are transplants, however. Transplants from all over, but definitely some who are from places much more southern than nova, places that are indisputably “The South”. Places where extra syllables find their way into words, unexpectedly.

And so I learned at work this week that with a certain kind of southern accent, “gentle” will sound like “genital”.

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