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Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from literacy (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by literacy.nifl.gov (8.10.2/8.10.2) with SMTP id j0KJOSn29145; Thu, 20 Jan 2005 14:24:28 -0500 (EST) Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 14:24:28 -0500 (EST) Message-Id: <010501c4ff26$8a665960$0502a8c0@frodo> Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: bulk From: "Marie Cora" <email@example.com> To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:884] RE: Big-up and Big Ups X-Listprocessor-Version: 6.0c -- ListProcessor by Anastasios Kotsikonas X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.2627 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; Status: O Content-Length: 2592 Lines: 70 Hi Erik, thanks for this. I read it saying to myself "coooooollll" - That's an entirely preferable use of the term! marie -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jacobson, Erik Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 2:02 PM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:883] RE: Big-up and Big Ups 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 ways. 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." Erik -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Marie Cora Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 8:37 AM To: Multiple recipients of list 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. marie -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of HthKar@aol.com Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 11:12 AM To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:871] RE: spelling - I'm shocked! Colleages 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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