THE LANGUAGE: Sex & Foe Is Tin

There is no doubt at all that aristocratic Charleston, S.C. is among the fairest of U.S. cities, and it is certain that it is the proudest by far. How many Americans know (as Charlestonians do) that the Union (ugly word) consists of 50 highly questionable states and one highly sovereign city? And who else can go to bed at night with the comforting assurance that the Atlantic Ocean is formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers—right over yonder in Charleston Harbor? Above all, Charleston has its own language, a tongue completely beyond the comprehension of most...

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