Watch your Language! Appalachian English, Tattoos, and Character

Curated by CLAI

Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. – Lao Tzu

VERNACULAR: Vernacular speech should never be used to suggest that one character is less intelligent than another. Nonstandard grammar patterns such as double negatives or the leveling of irregular verbs like blowed for blow tend to be the most stigmatized of dialect patterns, though their origins and usage are historical and cultural. Sometimes dialect is the only way a person can stay rooted to family, to community, to everything that is familiar in a fast-changing world where nothing is certain.

A young man in a suit reveals a hidden tattoo

Tattoo on the job (Rommel Canlas/iStockphoto)

TATOO v. JOB: Job seekers still have to hide tattoos from the neck up. 20% of adults and nearly 40% of young people have at least one tattoo, but most keep them covered. Despite increased popularity and acceptance, employers just don’t want to see them.

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