I do think in these times where being well read is looked down upon as being elitist, record numbers of people never read a book after high school, after college, this has been going on for a while
Hi Farida,
Jim Cherry
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I was once told years ago that this was the case, and experienced it first-hand when living in an area of the country where I was considered untrustworthy.

Why? The explanation I got was chilling:

“Because you speak proper English and display your education. Folks around here don’t trust that — they think you’re trying to pull something.”