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Started by uranrising on Aug 26, 2020 12:34:39 PM
Posh - what's it all about for you?

If you respond to something with "That ('s/reeks of) posh, what is it that's getting your goat (colloqu.).

Please discuss what gets to you as posh, what posh is for you, why it gets to you so, and if, like me, you've been in the presence of any posh and simply didn't notice.

Shadrack22 - 26 Aug 2020 12:41:06 (#1 of 509)

Having been to a fee paying school

Owning more than one property

Inheriting expensive furniture and paintings that are worth a lot of money

Not needing to work (possibly due to inherited wealth) therefore able to pack in jobs as and when you feel like it.

RosyLovelady - 26 Aug 2020 12:46:00 (#2 of 509)

Do you count as posh if the local authority paid your private school fees?

tasselhoff - 26 Aug 2020 12:46:05 (#3 of 509)

I've known some proper posh people who were lovely people.

solomongursky - 26 Aug 2020 12:49:11 (#4 of 509)

Big Ben doorbells.

browserbutton - 26 Aug 2020 12:49:18 (#5 of 509)

Don't say: "Port Out, Starboard Home."

tasselhoff - 26 Aug 2020 12:50:10 (#6 of 509)

Was that so they got the sun each way?

mingmong - 26 Aug 2020 12:52:04 (#7 of 509)

#1 guilty on all three counts (no expensive paintings though). I consider myself lucky, rather than posh.

Posh to me is cut-glass RP, unabashed snobbery and hard right politics. Yes, such people do exist, and they are vile.

hailesaladdie - 26 Aug 2020 12:55:52 (#8 of 509)

Posh to me is either entitlement (intentional or naive) or affectation.

I remember meeting friends-of-friends in Cambridge who were very much in the lovely but "qu'ils mangent de la brioche" mode.

Poshness always seemed like so much effort to me.

browserbutton - 26 Aug 2020 12:57:59 (#9 of 509)

Was that so they got the sun each way?

More likely shelter from the sun, and the benefit of any sea breeze, when travelling through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. According to MYTH AND LEGEND, those cabins were reserved for wealthy passengers, and the P&O company stamped their tickets with POSH accordingly. No such tickets survive, and P&O say they never existed.

RosyLovelady - 26 Aug 2020 13:00:30 (#10 of 509)

Nowadays it's probably very vulgar even to think it might have been true.

ATtcha - 26 Aug 2020 13:07:27 (#11 of 509)

A british obsession.

RosyLovelady - 26 Aug 2020 13:11:04 (#12 of 509)

I'm not so sure about that.

darkhorse - 26 Aug 2020 13:32:36 (#13 of 509)

I had a sometime habit of googling up pictures of the childhood homes of various political figures (e.g. David and Samantha Cameron, Jacob Rees Mogg).

A relatively good guide for discerning comparative poshness in the posh classes.

xbod72 - 26 Aug 2020 13:37:06 (#14 of 509)

  • Posh people do not get mental illness, they are simply eccentric.
  • Having a secret room.
  • Pausing to think how many bedrooms you've got.
  • Going for jobs or being the interviewer for jobs where both parties know the obscure names of schools that are in localities far distant from where they've ever lived and drawing conclusions about trustworthiness from attendance at these.
  • Knowing Latin.
  • Nannies.
  • Having ever seen a maid's outfit outside the confines of sitcom, fancy dress or pornographic video.
  • Having what is a run-of-the-mill - for them - excuse for arriving late that nevertheless causes a hushed awe from anyone inconvenienced who had a less infuriating upbringing.

browserbutton - 26 Aug 2020 13:38:52 (#15 of 509)

Owning a haunted castle, like Dominic Cummings' father-in-law Sir Humphry. It has a number of ghosts, including the White Pantry Ghost.

yumyum - 26 Aug 2020 13:41:07 (#16 of 509)

Is there such a thing as posh any more?

RosyLovelady - 26 Aug 2020 13:45:57 (#17 of 509)

Yes, and it's more money-driven than ever.

Rendered - 26 Aug 2020 13:46:10 (#18 of 509)

Posh people do not get mental illness, they are simply eccentric.

Eccentricity! Loveable old rogues and racists.

xbod72 - 26 Aug 2020 13:46:44 (#19 of 509)

  • They were able to pronounce "quinoa" correctly over a decade ago when seeing it in writing.
  • Anyone who's been in an ante-chamber but is not a member of The National Trust.
  • Saying "rugger" instead of "rugby".
  • Having a foreign pen pal before age 7.
  • A family unit which, without having to invite outside reinforcements, can play cross-generational chamber music to a high standard.

xbod72 - 26 Aug 2020 13:51:09 (#20 of 509)

  • Having to "pest control" one's domain of any pest that is larger than the human head.
  • The knowledge that if you slaughtered your entire family at home in the dead of night with a shotgun nobody would hear a thing.
  • Unread first editions.
  • PETA would protest on the basis of six of your rugs.

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