I call speaking up about one’s own language Citizen Sociolinguistics. And that is what this blog is about. I explore what people say when they speak about language from an expert’s perspective: their own! I welcome your comments and stories as fellow Citizen Sociolinguists.


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  1. Hey Betsy, I liked your article in the Swarthmore Bulletin. I was in that Ruin and Rebegetting Class with you and remember it fondly too. Nice work you did in LA and beyond. I got much more into writing after undergrad, with books about activist celebrities. It’s always good to see someone in our class doing something interesting, particularly someone I remember nicely, even if I didn’t know you well. All the Best, John Potash ’87.


    1. Hi John! I’m so happy to hear from you–and likewise appreciate that you’ve been writing in a cool and independent yet meaningful way. Let me know if you ever are back up to Philly–it would fun to talk. And get this: Professor Sununu also contacted me after that Bulletin essay! We will be reconnecting when she is here at Swarthmore this summer! Cheers, Betsy


  2. I couldn’t figure out how to post a comment on the “irregardless” post so I’m doing so here. I’m a CELT member and may be coming to the SC event in July. Don’t know if you’ve seen this great video about irregardless. It does have a very specific use that not everyone knows about. https://www.businessinsider.com/irregardless-real-word-regardless-kory-stamper-education-dictionary-mean-girls-lexicon-merriam-webster-2017-6

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