To grasp the sociolinguistic consequences of your own speech habits, match each item in Downscale with its corresponding letter in Upscale. If you're currently using a word or phrase in a way shown in the first list, simply replace it with the alternative given in the second list.

DOWNSCALE

a) "Thank you." [Downscale response:] "No problem."
b) "George referenced his uncle's new job."
c) The conductor gave tickets to Sally and I.
d) She graduated high school two years ago.
e) The children were excited to go to Sea World.
f) It's, like, really, like, important to, like, talk good.
g) We should be doing everything we can to promote the Rutgers brand.
h) I don't know about that marketing plan, Fred. On our budget it may not be actionable.
i) I reached out to George to ask if he wanted to play golf on Saturday.
j) Gee, Harry, your new refrigerator is really expansive. It must hold a lot of food.
k) The committee's report advocated for stronger pollution controls.
l) I don't think class participation should be a criteria for giving grades.

m) He talks good. He's got a lot of class.

n) He picks his nose a lot. Pretty classless.
o) The professor handed out a prompt for next week's essay.
p) His book gives you an alternate perspective on American policy.
q) "The budget cut is going to impact higher education."
r) "He doesn't read books. I think he's disinterested in literature."
s) His marketing strategy helped grow that company.
t) The majority of the grain in that sack is spoiled.
u) They sold less cars this year than last year.
v) He is an alumni of Rutgers.
w) His wife is an alumni of Douglass.
x) "They sell quality overcoats."
y) "He's very proactive."
z) He did good on the exam.

 

UPSCALE


a) "Thank you." [Upscale response:] "You're welcome" or "Don't mention it"
b) "George referred to his uncle's new job."
c) The conductor gave tickets to Sally and me.
d) She graduated from high school two years ago.
e) The children were excited about going to Sea World.
f) "Speaking educated English, like dressing decently, is important to success."
g) We should be doing everything we can to strengthen Rutgers' academic reputation.
h) Mulcahy's remark was a case of deliberate defamation. My legal advisors say it may be actionable.
i) I called George to ask if he wanted to play golf on Saturday.
j) The young American republic was expansive; it grew steadily in size during the nineteenth century.
k) The committee's report advocated stronger polution controls.
l) I don't think class participation should be a criterion for giving grades.

m) He's a person of real distinction: polite, articulate, and well-spoken.

n) He's ignorant and gross. He thinks "classless" is an adjective used by educated speakers.

o) The professor handed out a topic sheet for next week's essay.
p) His book gives you an alternative perspective on American policy.
q) "The budget cut is going to have an impact on higher education."
r) "He doesn't read books. I think he's uninterested in literature."
s) His marketing strategy helped that company to grow.
t) The greater part of the grain in that sack is spoiled.
u) They sold fewer cars this year than last year.
v) He is an alumnus of Rutgers.
w) His wife is an alumna of Douglass.
x) "They sell overcoats of very good quality."
y) He always takes the initiative."
z) He did well on the exam.