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Some people are incredibly good at picking up the nuances of minor differences in speech between different localities. It could just be a word or turn of phrase not commonly used elsewhere. Of course the next question might be, "where do you come from", "What is your surname?" or what school did you go to?" and the persons religious, national, and class identity will have been established with a high degree of probability. Even clothing and mannerisms can give a clue.

I have long confused people with my Germanic surname, nondescript accent identifiable as Irish but not clearly regionally specific, protestant background and nationalist (but mainly European) sympathies. Throw in a tendency to analyse situations without declaring a sympathy and people are rightly confused.

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