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Accent on ‘hot’

A misunderstanding while back-to-school shopping.

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While back-to-school shopping, my daughters and I heard a page over the store’s loudspeaker: “Mrs. Hottie, please return to your register.” The girls’ eyes went as large as saucers. They were quite relieved when I explained that the woman making the announcement had a Boston accent and was probably paging “Mrs. Hardy.”

Anne Daley / Winchester

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