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Noblesse Oblige

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Until Nancy Mitford wrote The English Aristocracy in 1955, England was blissfully unconscious of U-Usage and its lethal implications. The phenomenon of Upper-Class English Usage had, it is true, already been remarked upon by Professor Alan Ross who, in an...


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Until Nancy Mitford wrote The English Aristocracy in 1955, England was blissfully unconscious of U-Usage and its lethal implications. The phenomenon of Upper-Class English Usage had, it is true, already been remarked upon by Professor Alan Ross who, in an academic paper printed in Helsinki a year earlier, claimed that the upper classes were now distinguished solely by their use of language, but it was the Honourable Mrs Peter Rodd (as she was addressed by U-speaker Evelyn Waugh, Esq) who first let the cat out of the bag. Her article sparked off a public debate joined vigorously by Evelyn Waugh, Strix, and Christopher Sykes, whose counterblasts are collected here. Osbert Lancaster, caricaturist of English manners, takes the debate into the visual dimension, and John Betjeman poeticizes on the theme.
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Until Nancy Mitford wrote 'The English Aristocracy', England was unaware of U-usage and its implications. However, others soon joined in the debate that the upper classes were now distinguished solely by their use of language.
-Publisher

The Great U and Non-U DebateUntil Nancy Mitford wrote 'The English Aristocracy' in 1955, England wasblissfully unconscious of U-Usage and its lethal implications. The phenomenon of'Upper-Class English Usage' had, it is true, already been remarked upon byProfessor Alan Ross who, in an academic paper printed in Helsinki a yearearlier, claimed that the upper classes now distinguished solely by their use oflanguage, but it was the Honourable Mrs. Peter Rodd (as she was addressed byU-speaker Evelyn Waugh, Esq.) who first let the cat out of the bag. Her articlesparked off a public debate joined vigorously by Evelyn Waugh, 'Strix', andChristopher Sykes, whose counterblasts are collected here. Osbert Lancaster,caricaturist of English manners, takes the debate into the visual dimension, andJohn Betjeman poeticizes on the theme with characteristic charm:Phone for the fish-knives NormanAs Cook is a little unnerved;You kiddies have crumpled the serviettesAnd I must have things daintily served.A new introduction by Ned Sherrin reveals more of the articles andcorrespondences that were generated by the debate, in his inimitablyentertaining fashion.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 183435
  • Product Code 019860520X
  • EAN 9780198605201
  • Pages 144
  • Department Academic
  • Category Language
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Sep 2002
  • Dimensions 196 x 129mm
  • Weight 0.125kg

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