You are What You Speak: How to Become Effortlessly Upper Class

You are What You Speak: How to Become Effortlessly Upper Class


By (author) Gabrielle Mander

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  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 185mm
  • Publication date: 10 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843172585
  • ISBN 13: 9781843172581
  • Illustrations note: Ill

Product description

Despite our supposedly classless society, a great many people still aspire to upper-class manners, speech, affectations and mannerisms. Speech and pronunciation are the tell-tale signs that will identify an impostor from the real toff. "You Are What You Speak" is a witty celebration of the eccentricities of the English aristocracy and its manners, prejudices and mannerisms. It also takes a blisteringly funny and hard-hitting look at the snobberies and pomposities that threaten to govern modern social life. Cleverly written, sharply observed, and engagingly illustrated, this is an invaluable guide to anyone who would like to know the difference between a 'napkin' and 'serviette', and a 'dessert' and 'pudding'. Including text speak for toffs, baby names for the aspiring aristocrat, a dictionary of what not to say, and posh speak in a business environment, "You Are What You Speak" is a well-bred volume for aristocrat and artisan alike!

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"'It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making another Englishman hate or despise him.' George Bernard Shaw in Pygmalion"