I can recall being part of a group that gave evaluations in order to improve speaking. On multiple occasions part of direct and indirect evaluations on my speaking included the use of the letter ‘A’ instead of the letter ‘I’ during my speeches. It apparently was one of my evaluator’s pet peeves. To be specific there was little ado about me saying “thang” as opposed to “thing.”
I was listening to a show on NPR where a young lady named Jamila told a story about a talk she gave at the university she was attending. She was Black, I believe from the West Indies perhaps. After her talk a white woman came up to her and told her how articulate she was. That comment or assumed compliment was a problem. Why would Jamila need to be told how articulate she was? Do we go around telling everyone how articulate they are? Furthermore, who determines what it means to be articulate?
As a result, in part, of that encounter Jamila gave a Ted Talk using spoken word. Check it out.