Our vocabulary can sometimes reveal things about us, like our social standing and our educational background. And although English is widely spoken, the use of colloquial slang and other terms can differentiate speakers of the language.
Etiquette expert William Hanson suggests that our vocabulary can be effective in revealing our social class. For example, for members of the upper class, the word ‘lounge’ is a no-no. They also prefer using the word ‘dinner’ to refer to an evening meal.
According to Hanson, the reflection of upper class social status lies in using English rather than Americanized words.
He also points out the incorrect use of the word ‘toilet,’ which is taken from the 1950s etiquette code for the upper class. He was quoted as saying:
“For those who don’t know, historically your ‘toilet’ was your appearance, your makeup; hence your ‘toiletries bag.’ The porcelain thing you use is the lavatory. So toilet is not only an ugly word but also factually incorrect.”
Hanson also created a helpful list of upper class and non-upper class words that people can use in 2017 to sound classy.
Hanson suggests to use ‘alcohol’ instead of ‘booze,’ and ‘antique’ or ‘old’ instead of ‘vintage.’ Here are his other recommendations:
Upper class vs. Non-upper class
- Avocado – Avo
- Basement – Lower ground
- Champagne/Prosecco – Bubbly/fizz
- Cooked breakfast – Full English
- Film – Movie
- (I’m) finished – (I’m) done
- Hello – Hey
- Invitation – Invite
- Lavatory – Toilet
- May I have – Can I get
- Napkin – Serviette
- Pudding – Sweet/Dessert/Afters
- Pyjamas – PJs
- Repartee – Banter
- Restaurant – Eatery
- Sitting/Drawing Room – Lounge
- Sofa – Settee/Couch
- Takeaway – Deliveroo
- Taxi – Uber
- Telephone/phone – iPhone/Blackberry
- Term – Semester
- Toasted sandwich – Toastie
- (Do you) understand (me)? – (Do you) get (me)?
- University – Uni
- What? – Pardon?
- Wine – Vino
What do you think of these vocabulary suggestions?
Do you think they can make you sound classy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
17 Crafty Designs That Showcase The Endless Possibilities Of Creativity
And they say that creativity and passion is dead in this age dominated by technology.
Creative people have a fascinating way of looking at things from a completely different perspective. Because of this, they are able to create innovative inventions. It goes without saying, but we owe our quality of life to their vision.
People with creative mind tend to create something genius out of mundane things. Not only that, but they are also capable of smoothing out hassles and inconveniences which this list will show you. From a simple tweak to a hair salon cover, to a burn scar visual remedy, bask yourselves with creative juices through these crafty designs.
1. Transparent window on a hair salon cover that allows you to check your phone while getting a haircut.
40 of the Creepiest Halloween Makeup Ideas Ever
Dang! #7 looks perfectly terrifying af!
There’s no doubt that Halloween is the spookiest night of the year. Legend says that it’s when spirits wander the earth freely. In some areas across the world, this also the time when people remember their departed loved ones. But perhaps the most popular thing to do is trick-or-treating, an activity that kids love to do during this time.
Interestingly, Halloween is deemed a three-day Catholic holiday where saints and the recently deceased are honored. During the start of the 11th century, the pope decreed it to last from October 31 to November 2. This was believed to be the timeline when Samhain was celebrated while the church tried to convert all pagans.
As Halloween draws near, people are trying to share all sorts of stuff relating to the celebration. There are those who are starting to think about their costumes, while others are now planning their go-to makeup. Speaking of the latter, some are already sharing their creepiest makeup ideas online. And believe it or not, their works are quite astonishing that they look terrifyingly cool!
23 Deep, Thought-Provoking Illustrations That Make You Reflect About Life
Interesting and intriguing – especially #6!
Art can be a powerful tool in conveying certain messages. If done right, they can even be deep and thought-provoking. Just go flip the pages of a newspaper, for example, and check out the editorial cartoon section. Such illustrations, which are often political in nature, provides commentary from an artist relying more on the visuals and using very minimal words – or none at all.
As you can probably figure out from that, cartooning is no easy thing and it takes the best of the best to come up with effective illustrations. That’s why we couldn’t help but admire the brilliant talent of Angel Boligán Corbo.
Originally from Cuba, Angel Boligán Corbo is a cartoonist now based in Mexico City, Mexico.
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