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Cub Pilot

Senior Member
Hello everybody,
What do you take that said to mean in this context (JD Vance, 'Hillbilly Elegy')?

Everyone I met thought I was from Kentucky. Of course, I kind of was from Kentucky. And I loved that people thought I had a funny accent. That said, it became clear to me that California really was something else.

Thank you very much in advance. Your help is greatly appreciated:)
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    To tell you the truth, that said seems a little odd in that paragraph. If Vance had resented the fact that people thought he had a funny accent, that said (nevertheless/regardless) would have made more sense.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's an idiom.

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    Even so; despite that.
    Used to introduce a point that contrasts with what was just said.We're just not in a position to hire anyone right now. That said, we may have a position open in a couple of months, if you'd like to leave your résumé.Look, I'll be the first to tell you the governor is as crooked as a corkscrew, but that said, she makes some good points about the healthcare system.
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