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REAL asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

What are the words in English language which people of better social standing/ culture do not use during conversations, writings?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    If you subscribe to dear Nancy Mitford's theory of U and Non-U usage, language is a class indicator - so if you call the Knave, a  Jack when playing cards it marks you out (as it did young Pip in Great Expectations) as common.  Other archaic words like Looking-glass instead of Mirror  and Chimneypiece instead of Mantelpiece are considered upper class. Peversely the more 'dainty' sounding alternatives like sweet instead of pudding, serviette instead of napkin, or mental instead of mad show you are lower class.

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  • sarah
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    This is America anything goes. From the California who repeats, Like all the time to the French Cajun who throws out there French words to the far north where most can't understand them. So sound educated you do need to be able to speak or understand two languages. Most college educated people are forced to learn a foreign language. If they can't speak two languages they probably didn't go to college.

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  • 2 months ago

    Along with the non words "gonna" and "wanna",   congraDulations.  There's no "d" in "congraTulations."

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  • 2 months ago

    Wanna and gonna.

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