I saw this spoken word piece about a month ago and it keeps coming to mind.  My mom was an English major in college and she kept us kids in line when it came to proper sentence structure and grammar.   A resounding memory from my childhood is hearing my mom say, “re-phrase.”  I would say something like, “can me and Sarah play outside?” and she’d respond in kind with “re-phrase” until I got it right.

As an adult I greatly appreciate her insistence.  It has served me well as a writer and made essay-writing in high school & college a breeze.  But I’m definitely a bit of a snob now and this piece by Jamila Lyiscott challenges my stereotypes.  Good stuff.  Have a look…

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