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    U or Non U?

    Last night I attended a formal white tie dinner at a famous and ancient Oxford College.

    I dressed quite formally and wore one of my rather dressier watches, however I took my FIFA 6900 in my pocket and produced it during the evening to the complete horror of my wife who snatched it and buried it in her purse at the earliest opportunity.

    What do you think people, does that make me U or Non U? ( Non English may need to look this concept up!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch100 View Post
    Last night I attended a formal white tie dinner at a famous and ancient Oxford College.

    I dressed quite formally and wore one of my rather dressier watches, however I took my FIFA 6900 in my pocket and produced it during the evening to the complete horror of my wife who snatched it and buried it in her purse at the earliest opportunity.

    What do you think people, does that make me U or Non U? ( Non English may need to look this concept up!)

    Mitch
    Is this a fairly new terminology Mitch, I left the UK in 1999 and I have no idea what a U or non U is, don't even know where I would look that up, can you help out with a definition... I guess by not knowing I am a non U!

    It's funny, I spent so many years trying to conform to society trends and felt utterly miserable, now I just don't give a sod, I am who I am and anyone who does not like the way I am , well, I remember that great quote by Quincy Jones that sums my feelings about that perfectly!
    "Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me".

    All the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianmedium View Post
    Is this a fairly new terminology Mitch, I left the UK in 1999 and I have no idea what a U or non U is, ".
    Well this is a pretty jokey thread but the 'U or Non-U' concept has been around for half a century or more.

    Some Herberts actually took it fairly seriously at one time.

    Mitch

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    I too have no idea what 'u and non u' is/are and am 36years Englishman

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    I have to tell ya, I've never heard of it either, is it a UK thing, or a USA thing? I'm 35 and live in the US
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    U and non-U English usage, with U standing for upper class, and non-U representing the aspiring middle classes, were part of the terminology of popular discourse of social dialects (sociolects) in 1950s Britain and the northeast United States.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexxorcist View Post
    Lol, everyday terminology then, can't understand why i never heard of it, me being upper class and all, what, what, what, what

    As for the watch, wear whatever you feel happy in my friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexxorcist View Post
    Interesting, must had been started by the upperclass? I guess I'm non U and quite okay with that.
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    learn new thing everyday here in this forum.
    ure a "U" but have a heart of a "non-U"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexxorcist View Post

    Ahh, got it now! Never bothered with it personally! Again, I come back to the Quincy Jones Quote!

    All the best,
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