"Ax or Ask?" - Racist or English Grammar

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Ax or Ask? The African American Guide to Better English

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  • JESSE SHEIDLOWER: I'm Jesse Sheidlower. I'm the president of the American Dialect Society. I believe I'm here to talk about the historical pronunciation of ax for ask.

    JESSE SHEIDLOWER: I'm Jesse Sheidlower. I'm the president of the American Dialect Society. I believe I'm here to talk about the historical pronunciation of ax for ask.

  • JESSE SHEIDLOWER: I'm Jesse Sheidlower. I'm the president of the American Dialect Society. I believe I'm here to talk about the historical pronunciation of ax for ask.

    Garrard McClendon, a professor at Chicago State University, is the author of Ax or Ask? The African American Guide to Better English. He says his parents were well-aware of the stigma attached to "ax" and taught him there's a time and a place to use it.

  • Garrard McClendon, a professor at Chicago State University, is the author of Ax or Ask? The African American Guide to Better English. He says his parents were well-aware of the stigma attached to "ax" and taught him there's a time and a place to use it.

What's the issue with ASK vs AX

Garrard McClendon, a professor at Chicago State University, is the author of Ax or Ask? The African American Guide to Better English. He says his parents were well-aware of the stigma attached to "ax" and taught him there's a time and a place to use it.