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A New England spelling lesson

A Marlborough student stands out in Los Angeles.

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My youngest son attends a small liberal arts school in Los Angeles as a math major. An English professor called him to her desk while returning a writing assignment. She said, “You’re from New England, aren’t you?” He was totally taken aback, because his accent is not that strong. “Why do you ask?” he said. She answered, “Because other people don’t spell ‘S-O-X’ for socks.”

Laura M. Slaney / Marlborough

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