Consider your class 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.


This is closely related to educational privilege. People from working class backgrounds are less likely to be able to afford higher education. Critiquing their English is judging their lack of opportunities that upper class people have.

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.