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To think that some people use the term ''middle class'' as an insult?

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poshsinglemum Sat 08-Jan-11 16:43:16

''Oh your sooooo middle class'' has been said to me ages ago by someone I know; a working class scoucer girl who I love btw.

Yes that's right. So what? Are you trying to sya I'm boring, middle of the road, posh?

I wouldn't dream of saying to someone; ''oh your soooo working class!'' (mainly through fear of being twatted with a copy of The Sun!''

BTW; I jest about The Sun bit as it is a horrible stereotype.

poshsinglemum Sat 08-Jan-11 16:43:40

As are all class stereotypes

LovePinkBitsOfMyHorse Sat 08-Jan-11 16:46:35

I thought middle class was the opposite of posh, the 'I wish I was posh'?

flyingvisit Sat 08-Jan-11 16:47:41

Its used a lot as an insult. Which is ridiculous. Why is that a bad thing? If you are, you are...so what?

mutznutz Sat 08-Jan-11 16:50:41

I refuse to recognise class, it's a load of bollocks in my opinion. People are just people to me.

DuelingFanjo Sat 08-Jan-11 16:59:01

most people who declare themselves working class are really middle class, they just don't want to admit it because they think working class is cooler.

wukter Sat 08-Jan-11 17:02:13

Middle anything is mocked though.
Middle aged, middle brow, middle of the road. seen as boring, neither fish nor fowl.

Katisha Sat 08-Jan-11 17:04:22

Yes people think it's a devastating insult for some reason.
And on here people are very quick to say "ooh I'm NOT middle class" because it's true that working class is seen as more real somehow.
Ah well.
Middle class and proud.

FabbyChic Sat 08-Jan-11 17:05:17

Some people actually think they are middle class when they are in fact not.

What is middle class nowadays because it certainly is not someone with a plum in their mouth anymore.

flyingvisit Sat 08-Jan-11 17:06:27

And how should one redeem oneself from such an insult?
Immediately quit your profesisonal job and go and find more worthy manual "employ"?

FabbyChic Sat 08-Jan-11 17:10:39

aaaah just found the definition was looking for, so really no better than working class when it comes to the type of person.

middle class implies those people who typically have had a good education, own a family house, and hold a managerial or professional post

flyingvisit Sat 08-Jan-11 17:13:56

middle class implies those people who typically have had a good education, own a family house, and hold a managerial or professional post

Bastards. Theye should be slapped down.

Chil1234 Sat 08-Jan-11 17:14:54

YANBU... it's just inverse snobbery and indicative of deep-seated insecurity on the part of the person using it as an insult. She's jealous of you... enjoy.

FabbyChic Sat 08-Jan-11 17:15:23

Lots of people be a cross I think, any job I would hold would be classed as Middle Class, however I had a working class background and live in rented accomodation

FabbyChic Sat 08-Jan-11 17:16:10

Sorry thats working class education even though I went to private college.

RobF Sat 08-Jan-11 17:20:09

"most people who declare themselves working class are really middle class"

More likely the other way round IMO. Middle-class to me is doctors, solicitors, architects etc. Working in an office does not automatically make you middle class.

poshsinglemum Sat 08-Jan-11 17:22:04

Well I had a good education abut squandered it on booze, raves and bad men!

FabbyChic Sat 08-Jan-11 17:22:41

Working class though is classed as manual labour.

HOwever, considering the amount a plumber earns I think that is an insult to plumbers.

usualsuspect Sat 08-Jan-11 17:23:06

Mn is obsessed with class...no one that I know in real life ever mentions what class they think they are

poshsinglemum Sat 08-Jan-11 17:23:30

The girl who said it to me is lovely though and training to be a teacher (considered a middle class profession) She meant it in jest but some people say it as a put down if they are jealous.

FabbyChic Sat 08-Jan-11 17:27:29

I have never before been on any site that mentioned class so much, I thought it was thing of the past this class divide something from the early 1900's

It is amazing that some are so far up their own arse they have to mention class on an internet forum.

But hey. Whatever floats their stuck up boats.

DuelingFanjo Sat 08-Jan-11 17:33:56

"Middle-class to me is doctors, solicitors, architects etc. Working in an office does not automatically make you middle class."

many people will say they are working class 'because my dad was a miner' etc. you can be middle class and not be a doctor or architect.

MrsNonSmoker Sat 08-Jan-11 17:34:46

So does that mean people who are working class and mention it are stuck up?

pointydog Sat 08-Jan-11 17:36:02

any term that attempts to define a group of people can be used as an insult by people who do not identify with that group.

LoveRedShoes Sat 08-Jan-11 17:39:34

I used Maldon sea salt to defrost the ice on my path - does that make me middle class? smile My neighbour thinks yes.

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