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Class Signifiers

July 7, 2018

Class signifiers are all around us.  And people use them too, most often by the people who benefit the most.

I was thinking today how simple, yet enmeshed, signifiers are.

Here is a perfect example, marked by the infinitesimal difference of a two-letter preposition vs a three- letter preposition.

“I work at Walmart.”

“I work for Walmart.”


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Sunshine permalink
    July 7, 2018 2:52 pm


    ‘At’ says *where* you work; your exact employer. It is literal. Not figurative.

    ‘For’ is figurative. Abstract. Subject to interpretation. You could be working ‘for’ them, without being employed by them.

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