Today was the fifth time someone here has mistaken me to be Canadian. There must be something in the air; I certainly lack the accent. Even if one counts Ohio as virtually Canadian (which is a stretch), I’ve spent the last twelve or so years in the American south. That hasn’t tempered my English terribly, I admit, and even growing up around many internationals has shaped my vocabulary more than my accent. Embarrassingly, it was my linguistics professor this time. It may have been that I spell liter “litre.” Still, that’s a habit familiar to anyone in bioinformatics, eh?

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