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From: Jacobson, Erik (
Date: Thu Jan 20 2005 - 14:02:30 EST

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I have not heard the term in that context, but since it fits in with
countless other "-ups" that we have, you could use it in any number of

There is a similar sounding idiom in contemporary (or within the last
decade, these things change) African American Vernacular English,
related to assessment but in a positive manner. The term "big ups" is
like giving a shout out to, or acknowledging somebody's good work or
worth. As in "big ups to the person who invited the students to take
part in the alternative assessment planning meeting."  


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Marie Cora
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 8:37 AM
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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:875] RE: spelling - I'm shocked!

Hi Karen, thanks for your replies.

Haven't heard of "Big Up" - anyone?  But that notion strikes me as
scary.  Reminds me of what so many programs (feel compelled to) do with
their data to please the funder.  


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 11:12 AM
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Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:871] RE: spelling - I'm shocked!

Re computer spell checks

The grammar checks are worse.  The microsoft software widely used in
this country does not understand what I would call restrictive and non
restrictive clauses, with the result that here all kinds of official
publications, including (irritatingly) official publications emanating
from most of the major agencies entrusted with the task of improving
literacy, have commas after the word 'which' that (?!?) alter the
meaning in a manner that the writer seems not to have intended.  I
recently read a paper on one web site which said it was 'for
practitioners, who teach people to write' whereas what was probably
meant was  'for practitioners who teach people to write'.  

Some colleagues of mine were recently instructed to 'Big up' certain
aspects of their work when they were being observed. Is this a North
American idiom?  Can one use it in forms other than the imperative 'I
bigged it up' etc..

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