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To think I must be a chav, as MN has deemed me so?

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Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 23-Dec-13 21:47:57

According to threads I've been reading lately, most things I do seem to be marking me (and my family) out as chavs.

I fed my children formula and jarred food - this is chavvy
My Mum likes cards that say Nanny and she sends relative-specific cards - chavvy
My children like to wear character clothing - chavvy
I shop at Tesco and sometimes even Asda - chavvy

AIBU to be a bit tired of seeing the word 'chav' on here lately? I've challenged it and said that it's offensive, but just get the 'well, it's only online, why are you bothered', as if that makes it ok.

Yes, I realise I'm being over-sensitive, but me and my family aren't 'chavs' and I'm tired of it being bandied about (along with 'common') to describe things that people see as beneath them.

Caitlin17 Wed 25-Dec-13 14:48:36

I don't like personalised cards.
There are apparently other Caitlins on here.
I've never, despite being an outrageous snob, called any one a chav.

Theimpossiblegirl Wed 25-Dec-13 14:44:33

Agree with Combine - the secret is to not give a shit.

I'm sorry this is getting to you, OP, but rise above it and be happy with who you are. People who call others chavvy are too concerned with status and probably a bit insecure.

CombineBananaFister Wed 25-Dec-13 11:50:30

Think lots of little boys do go through the thomas the tank engine stage (or other character).

The difference is the so-called chavvy mum will buy the £4 top from asda.
The mum who thinks she's not chavvy will buy a top with a train on it from Joules/boden for £20 and then convince the child it's better.
The truly rich who don't have owt to prove and don't give a shit will buy it from the charity shop after the asda mum as used it for 50p and wear it til it's got holes in it grin

I am, of course saying that in jest (dislike reverse snobbery as much as actual snobbery) but it is all a bit like the emperors new clothes to me what dictates 'cool', 'chav' etc. It's only if you give a shit that any of it counts and personally I don't.

Elfhame Wed 25-Dec-13 11:25:42

they might be rented from the council

Elfhame Wed 25-Dec-13 11:24:38

They might all know their place, but Tidmouth sheds look like the might be rented from the council. wink

Theimpossiblegirl Wed 25-Dec-13 11:24:22

I didn't think people used the word chavvy anymore in polite society.
It's a bit sneery and outdated. ;)

(I did once comment on a baby name thread about the use of the word chavvy and got shot down but I do hate snobbery).

Taz1212 Wed 25-Dec-13 11:18:49

Huh. Numbers in user names are chavvy? How bizarre! How random! I'm struggling to make myself care. Does that make me more chavvy or less chavvy? grin

SootikinAndSweep Wed 25-Dec-13 11:07:51

The rules are all very confusing aren't they?

For fear of inadvertently committing social suicide I'm following these guidelines:

No rings are safer than either sovereigns or signets.

No names beginning with K or unique spellings. [If I have a son and want to name him Kai, is it better or worse to spell it with a Q?]

You can 'run into' Waitrose for 'a couple of essentials', but the really posh people shop in Lidl. [I'm fucked as we don't have a Waitrose, does this mean that I'm now really posh?]

PacificDingbat Wed 25-Dec-13 10:56:25

Well, DS4 is 3.8 and he still wearing 18-24month sized Thomas t-shirt - the sleeves go to his elbows, there is screaming every time it has to go in the wash and I have to peel it off him using bribery and coercion.

And I am well posh. Or not. I don't know.

I am not British - so what do I know about 'class'? It just bamboozles me fconfused

GoshAnneGorilla Wed 25-Dec-13 10:46:42

I thought all little boys had to go through a stage of being obsessed with Thomas the Tank engine, regardless of class. That and dinosaurs. Isn't that the law?

Also, Thomas the Tank engine books are very much of a forelock-tugging world where everyone knows their place, you'd think the Hyacinths would love that.

PacificDingbat Wed 25-Dec-13 10:44:59

Oh no, they are chivvy AND chavvy - damn you autocorrect

PacificDingbat Wed 25-Dec-13 10:44:30

Ok, the repeated mention of Thomas the Tankengine t-shirts is now getting to me - I did not even know that they were chivvy!!
Why oh why has nobody told me? <wails and breathes in and out all over thread>

Merry Christmas, MNers fsmile <-named Christmas card

Elfhame Wed 25-Dec-13 10:32:03

Breathing is chavvy on mumsnet. This place is full of Hyacinth Buckets.

Best to ignore people who won't buy their kid a Thomas the Tank engine shirt because they are scared of what the neighbours will think. They are ridiculous. I can't be bothered to get offended by their brain farts. My son has Thomas the tank engine stuff ... judge away!

MadAsFish Wed 25-Dec-13 10:09:28

have you seen his website

cough*self-important curmudgeon*cough

/SOM digression

usualsuspect Tue 24-Dec-13 18:19:42

It's because your post was a bit council,Harold

HaroldTheGoat Tue 24-Dec-13 18:18:00

Why was my post deleted? There is always a Christmas dickhead. Do you not watch eastenders MNHQ, it's fact.

Minnieistheglittermouse Tue 24-Dec-13 18:10:43

Own it baby! Work it!!

I'm no chav but if you paint me that way I'll act it and more and see if you get the joke.

Most don't.

I'll end with "Essex girls foreva!"

wigglesrock Tue 24-Dec-13 18:09:38

sherazade what a wanky post - I wonder if I could deduce anything about you from the wankerdom of your post?

sherazade Tue 24-Dec-13 18:09:18

that's the spirit, mummytowillow fgrin <off to check out Tesco clothing sale>

usualsuspect Tue 24-Dec-13 18:05:19

Yeah let the idiotic posters post what the fuck they like.

Got it.

mummytowillow Tue 24-Dec-13 18:02:36

I bloody love Iceland, I'm chavtastic! grin

everlong Tue 24-Dec-13 17:56:44

WHY was my post deleted?!
That doesn't make sense really.

JulieJingleBellsMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 24-Dec-13 17:54:28


A quick ten second guide to our lovely 'talk guidelines';

Comment on the post not the poster.


grumpyoldbat Tue 24-Dec-13 17:04:18

Oh don't worry sherazade I well aware I've no real right to exist. I know I'm....<can't be bothered to relist all my crimes against humanity>. I do however get losses off with the need some people have to constantly ram my scumminess down my throat. It's rude and quite frankly says a lot more about their insecurities. It's a very good time to remember" if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all" just because something may be true doesn't mean you have to voice it.

oldgrandmama Tue 24-Dec-13 17:03:04

I shop in the Pound ShopS and in our local street market so I must be an ancient Chav - AND PROUD OF IT.

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