to find threads about what is common - common?

(49 Posts)
tatt Wed 21-Jan-09 12:38:38

couldn't resist grin

But seriously - isn't there something terribly insecure about wanting to label other people in a derogatory fashion?

chocolatedot Wed 21-Jan-09 12:41:08

You are dead right Tatt- it is indeed extremely common. Anyone with proper breeding would know better!

Simplysally Wed 21-Jan-09 12:42:23

If you have to ask if it's common or not then it probably is.

I got an odd look from my colleage yesterday when I said drinking out of mugs used to be considered common and the proper way to drink hot liquids was in a cup and saucer. As I swigged happily from my mug grin.

mm22bys Wed 21-Jan-09 12:45:04

Some of the things that non-commoners think are "common" are just so funny!

It like get over yourselves you posh tossers! wink

TotalChaos Wed 21-Jan-09 12:48:34

yanbu.

FAQtothefuture Wed 21-Jan-09 12:49:09

no idea what this thread is about

BUT

I'm common as muck grin

bronze Wed 21-Jan-09 12:49:23

its actually the tryhards who do this. Most really posh people couldnt give a ratsarse

it is a bit 'aspirational'.

I went to quite exclusive schools and nobody talked about things being 'common'.

Sometimes people said 'non-u'.

I don't know anyone who says 'common' irl.

bronze Wed 21-Jan-09 12:51:12

having said that I quite enjoy reading the threads about the differences for example the lunch/dinner ones. But then I also enjoy the ones about the regional differences.

chocolatedot Wed 21-Jan-09 12:51:52

Absolutely bronze, it's because they have confidence and couldn't give two hoots about such petty judgements.

plantsitter Wed 21-Jan-09 12:54:00

I love saying things are 'common' purely 'cos it is common to say it! I thought that was the point to be honest. I might secretly think something was common but I would only say so in a 'post-modern ironic' kind of way. Sort of.

BouncingTartan Wed 21-Jan-09 12:56:10

YANBU - it is petty. Same goes for branding things as chavvy.
There are better things in life to get worked up about.

WilyWombat Wed 21-Jan-09 12:59:03

LOL

Its all personal taste isnt it for you the largest plasma tv or 4 x 4 may be the thing to have for me its flashy and crass...neither of us is right its just our personal taste.

Anyone who takes it seriously is a bit sad really.

grumblinalong Wed 21-Jan-09 13:02:30

LOL plantsitter.

HecateQueenOfGhosts Wed 21-Jan-09 17:29:29

Yes. I'm shaken to the core to realise my 30someing inch tv and my burning desire for a BIIIIIIIG fridge and possibly my leather sofas - although they are cream not chocolate, so I am unclear on the rule regarding this, is it leather that is evil, or just chocolate leather? - combine to condemn me to the ranks of Common As Muck. It's so upsetting. <sob>. <sob>. <gets over it>

Poppycake Wed 21-Jan-09 17:36:55

I really like and am very proud of my chocolate leather sofas (tho I think they're settees!). We were donated a bigger TV this last weekend as well, and are well chuffed with it.

I must admit I think the wanting to be not common is rather sweet and reminds me of those little girls' books - like "A little Princess".

grumblinalong Wed 21-Jan-09 17:38:16

I want a massive fridge too. I also want to be able to afford to fill the massive fridge with massive food. Call me materialistic, a pig, common etc etc etc but it's what I want. Now.

Poppycake Wed 21-Jan-09 17:42:28

oh yes grumblin! We wanted a massive fridge when we renovated the disgusting hole that was meant to be a kitchen when we moved in our house, but unfortunately the funds wouldn't stretch.

If it was a freezer too you could fill it with icecream. Am off to have icecream daycreams...

squeaver Wed 21-Jan-09 17:48:44

One of my favourite ways to wind up dh is to decide that completely random things are common e.g. Bounty bars, hair slides, broccoli, Mini Coopers.

"But WHY are they common?" he yells

"If you don't know, you'll never know" I say enigmatically with my nose in the air.

It's hilarious. Honest.

tatt Wed 21-Jan-09 18:25:37

FAQtothefuture

the thread was triggered by the one about large TVs - but there are lots of others on mumsnet that create the mood, I just felt more bored than usual today grin

that have been threads about what you sit on, what sort of sheets you have, how you dress.....I especially remember the one about hand towels in the bathroom.

Just going off to make a site suggestion.....

noonki Wed 21-Jan-09 18:33:14

squeaver I do that !!!!

and DH says things are posh like chocolate oranges or cats eyes or garlic pressers (he believe that last one hmm)

squeaver Wed 21-Jan-09 18:35:51

It's so funny, noonki. I should do it on here sometimes.

Hassled Wed 21-Jan-09 18:36:47

Squeaver - that might just become my new favourite game . My late mother was, in hindsight, a bit of a snob and the randomness of what she found common (Barbies?) already infuriates DH - I think I might tell him that shower gel is common.

OrmIrian Wed 21-Jan-09 18:41:53

Quite correct tatt.

To declare something 'common' labels you as fairly common yourself. The truly non-vulgar takes life, and people, as they come. To be so concerned about that is to show a worrying level of insecurity.

AIBC?!!
good topic idea

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