What does ‘being articulate’ really mean?
Jamila Lyiscott’s spoken word piece really challenges me. I pride myself on being articulate, but she’s pointing out that the entire idea’s skewed by some pretty class-based assumptions. These go right from the idea of a British accent ‘showing’ someone’s smarter than someone with an American accent, to connotations around the accents of minorities or specific ethnic groups being less articulate, educated or intelligent.
I don’t expect this will change the way I speak, but it will almost certainly change how I listen to other people.