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To not know that you should say 'sorry' instead or 'pardon' if you want to sound posh?!

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joogle Tue 31-May-11 17:16:18

I've just read this in a book about English culture I'm reading, didn't have any idea, I always thought "pardon?" was the most formal way of saying "what?"

CheeseandGherkins Tue 31-May-11 17:18:28

Pardon is grammatically incorrect. I hate it as my ex-mil used to say it all the time and try to make dcs say it...she thought she was so posh saying it. Mind you, Daily Mail readers, says it all...

nickelbabe Tue 31-May-11 17:19:35

you say "what?" if you want to sound posh.

bigTillyMint Tue 31-May-11 17:20:53

No, "youwhat?" grin

cheekeymonkey Tue 31-May-11 17:22:05

No, ayy?

Brightredstar Tue 31-May-11 17:22:12

"What did you say?"

Chandon Tue 31-May-11 17:22:32

wanting to soudn posh if you are not actually posh...what's the point?

My posh MIl says: "Come again?" instead of "pardon" or "sorry"

CheeseandGherkins Tue 31-May-11 17:22:45

See to me, pardon sounds posh. Where I was brought up (East London), it was always what. Who knew I was actually right!

insertcleverusernamehere Tue 31-May-11 17:26:11

I was actually queuing (in primark!) yesterday. Left DH to run after DS and then had to 'jump' the queue to rejoin him an DD. I said 'I'm sorry, explain bla bla' to a couple, trying to get past, and the bloke said to me 'the polite word is excuse me! say excuse me!'
Er, ok, excuse me then big daddy.

valiumredhead Tue 31-May-11 17:28:16

The word 'pardon' actually makes me cringe, don't know why it just always has <<shudder>>

Brightredstar Tue 31-May-11 17:29:35

pardon makes me cringe as well. It reminds me of people burping. blush

steamedtreaclesponge Tue 31-May-11 17:30:25

'Pardon' is definitely not posh.

BelleDameSansMerci Tue 31-May-11 17:32:08

"Pardon" is absolutely not posh. Very lower middle grin

smileANDwave2000 Tue 31-May-11 17:33:33

lol @ insert having said that i always say excuse me ,actually now i type it it sounds sarcastic doesnt it. DH says i say sorry to much and if the kids say it he says if you say sorry too often it means nothing confused

SenoritaViva Tue 31-May-11 17:33:48

I come from a 'posh' family and went to a very posh boarding school. No one ever says pardon, tis considered 'terrribarly common'. I used to say it when I was a teenager to wind my mum up (so easy when they are so terribly grand!)

It used to be 'I beg your pardon?'. To be honest as someone who hasn't really followed the posh route particularly, just say what comes naturally to you. Those that judge are generally not that happy, as they should have better things to do with their time...

seeker Tue 31-May-11 17:34:05

If you wnat to sound really posh, you say "What"" Or "I beg your pardon"

NEVER "Pardon?"

smileANDwave2000 Tue 31-May-11 17:37:26

i think you should say whatever you like your a grown up not to be dictated to by anyone i shall not say excuse me in future especially to big daddies taking up the whole aile ill say OI FAT BLOKE MOVE YER ARRIS lol

freeloader Tue 31-May-11 17:38:40

What=working or upper class
Sorry=middle class
pardon=lower middle class

cheekeymonkey Tue 31-May-11 17:50:59

"Move yer arris" Got to use that one, is it provincial? grin

Adversecamber Tue 31-May-11 17:52:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TrillianAstra Tue 31-May-11 17:55:59

If you want to sound posh then you have lost already.

I am reading Jilly Cooper's "Class" on my kindle at the moment <smug kindle alert> - it's from 1979 and it's hilarious.

TrillianAstra Tue 31-May-11 17:56:52

Watching the English is fun too, but it's not Jilly grin

Punkatheart Tue 31-May-11 18:02:22

If you are REALLY posh you do not even ask - your butler will repeat it for you.

Excuse me, polo beckons.

JoanofArgos Tue 31-May-11 18:06:11

Nancy Mitford said 'what?' was U and 'pardon' or 'begging pardon' etc were non-U.

You must also say 'medcin' not 'medIcine', 'napkin' not 'serviette', and 'riding' not 'horse-riding'.

smileANDwave2000 Tue 31-May-11 20:01:32

ive not read watching the english im just common as muck londoner me lol

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