Consider your ability privilege

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On Poster

Phrases people might use to judge someone's grammar:  "Speak good English," "No excuses!" "Actually....," and "I think you meant..."


"Proper" grammar is a social construct. Next time you're about to correct someone's grammar, consider your privilege.


Many people struggle with reading and writing difficulties, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Judging grammar can be a way of oppressing those who don't have the same abilities as the general population.

Courtesy of the Department of Linguistics

Poster size: 18 x 24 in. Original inspiration for poster from Anne Lobeck's spring 2019 ENG 438/LING 402: Language Change and Variation. Adapted by Emily Hillman.