Lessons in Ebonics: What's Up?

The use of the word "up" is just one example of the complexity of Black English -- and how there are right and wrong ways to use it.

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And "up" is just the beginning -- stay tuned for another one in May.

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John McWhorter is a contributing editor at The RootHe is an associate professor at Columbia University and the author of several books, including Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America and Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English.

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