There is someone in my life whom i can really only describe as the most classist liberal i’ve ever met. Of course social mobility upward is the only right and proper thing for someone born poor, right??
Yet i was somehow still legitimately shocked when, during a discussion of language change1, this person quipped that the problem was probably “too many people who live in trailers”.
Oh, you didn’t….
Trailer trash manifesto, part 1: You do not have the right to determine that another human being is trash.
Trailer trash manifesto, part 2: You don’t get to assign a sense of stupidity to anyone based solely upon the fact that they — either by choice or necessity — live in inexpensive housing.
I’m betting that the person who said this to my face had never actually met anyone who’d ever lived in a trailer. How can someone possibly know anything about someone else without ever meeting them??
Correction: This person didn’t realize they knew someone who’d lived in a trailer — didn’t realize they were actually making this assertion to someone who had, in fact, grown up in a double-wide modular home2.
To a certain extent this person has a point about trailer trash and language change. Because i grew up in a modular home, and i am all for language evolution/change. I even start my sentences with “because”! And also “and”!! Anyway, i’m not sure how a person can be against language evolution — being against it has never stopped it in the past.
- It’s a natural evolutionary process — GET USED TO IT. [↩]
- Which, for those of you who aren’t aware of the fine gradations of pre-fabricated homes, is basically a trailer that’s just a little larger and has no wheels. [↩]
- Tho’ i do suspect these clips amuse me for reasons that are the opposite of why Playbill thought the concept would be amusing. [↩]