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Anti-gay politics and the word homosexual

Throughout my life, I’ve heard words referring to gay people tossed around as casual insults, often used as weapons against people who are not themselves gays or lesbians (see, for example, the use of “no homo“). It’s behavior like this that

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and politics

No really, bossy is gendered.

My post on the gendered use of the word bossy has gotten a lot of attention in the past week. In it, I presented a modest bit of data to support Sheryl Sandberg’s campaign attempting to raise awareness of the obstacles

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and gender

What I imagine the future Museum of Classism’s exhibit on language elitists will say

Despite the naïve pretensions of utopic meritocracy held by many of the era’s commentators, we now know that the early twenty-first century was one marked by intense inequalities in its inhabitants’ well-being and life opportunities. Indeed, in many ways this era’s incredible

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and social class, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Some data to support the gendered nature of “bossy”

Recently, public figures like Sheryl Sandberg and Ariana Huffington have been calling attention to the labeling of young girls’ behaviors and particularly how the labels are often differently applied to young girls but not young boys. In particular the word bossy

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and gender

A prescriptivism with moral and political ends: The linguistic shalts and shalt nots I can get behind

In the field of linguistics, we tend to make a distinction between two ways of thinking about language and grammar: prescriptivism and descriptivism.

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 3)

In my last couple of posts (here and here), I’ve been looking at the website Gizoogle, which basically translates the language of web content into language that is modeled after the hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg (see the first post for a more thorough

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Technology and language

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 2)

In my last post, I took up the question of whether the website Gizoogle (see the previous post for an explanation of it) is an amusing tribute to hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, a racist caricature of African American English (AAE),

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Technology and language

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