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covert
used in Do You Speak American?

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Definition
done in a secret or hidden way
  • Women are quicker than men to adopt "prestige forms" of language, but also quicker to adopt symbols of nonconformism, new or "stigmatized forms" that can acquire a kind of "covert prestige."
    two — Changing Dialects: Dingbatters Versus Hoi-Toiders (58% in)
  • Perversely perhaps, the current younger generation tends toward a "subversive prestige" or "covert prestige," as linguists put it, in adopting the speech of less privileged minorities; for instance, wiggers are privileged white teenagers who wish to sound and dress like blacks.
    one — The Language Wars (92% in)
  • They are also increasingly often being appropriated by some Hispanic and Asian Americans, and by middle-class white youths finding a covert prestige or generational protest in imitating black speech.
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (5% in)
  • Advocates of a freer policy say it isn't working, because there is still covert harassment, and discharges for outed homosexuality continue.
    seven — Language from a State of Change (81% in)

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