Recent events in the United Kingdom have shown that the British class obsession is alive and well. The Brexit referendum vote split largely along class, although geographic and demographic factors were also in play. The subsequent change in government really drove the point home, with the elite David Cameron set vacating Downing Street in favor of Theresa May, the vicar’s daughter, who took great pains to assure the British public that the government would be more responsive to people outside the upper crust.
Writers have churned out tomes of material on British class distinctions, which often revolve around speech. Remember My Fair Lady? For an amusing, more up-to-date look at the phenomenon, a couple of videos by Jade Joddle are embedded below. A “working class” girl who went to university, as the Brits would say, she has carved out a huge social media presence in her current incarnation as an English language coach. First lesson: if you want to be perceived as elite, you gotta talk posh! 🙂