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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Only in the east end of London apparently.

    As an example, when you ask someone if they are ok, the response from a normal person is usually "yes thanks". Whereas an Eastenders character would answer with "of course I am, why shouldn't I be?".

    And if you come from the east end, the d in shouldn't is silent!


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    Of course then you have the other end of the spectrum with the "good for you old man" types that hopefully have all died out.

    Watching some of the documentaries from the Military Channel on the Brits in charge of the war effort like the Mountbattens and his group, that probably all went to Eaton. They all have the upper crust put on accent, dragging out words with a baritone drawl, trying to sound terribly important, don't you see. Boring reminiscences of their days in the House of Commons, and stiff upper lip and all that.

    My God having to listen to those pompous asses for 10 minutes makes one want to do an Eastenders marathon.
    I couldn't think of anything witty to say so I left this blank.

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    I've always liked the comment that "the existence of The House of Lords is proof of life after death."

    May I suggest two older but great movies about the "upper crust". Alec Guiness in Kind Hearts and Coronets and Peter O'Toole in The Ruling Class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post
    like the Mountbattens and his group, that probably all went to Eaton.
    Eaton make twin speed axles for trucks. I think you mean Eton, a school founded by King Henry VI as a school for poor boys which has somehow lost its original purpose.


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    ... talk about pedantic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Eaton make twin speed axles for trucks.
    And then some... http://www.eaton.com/Eaton/index.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post
    Of course then you have the other end of the spectrum with the "good for you old man" types that hopefully have all died out.

    Watching some of the documentaries from the Military Channel on the Brits in charge of the war effort like the Mountbattens and his group, that probably all went to Eaton. They all have the upper crust put on accent, dragging out words with a baritone drawl, trying to sound terribly important, don't you see. Boring reminiscences of their days in the House of Commons, and stiff upper lip and all that.

    My God having to listen to those pompous asses for 10 minutes makes one want to do an Eastenders marathon.
    Ignore Steve, as he really should have been a professor of English grammar, but missed his true calling in life. With regard to your point about our House of Commons, how true. How much parliamentary time is wasted each year with phrases like the right honourable gentleman?

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    ... but those phrases are so poetic. But I wonder about the use of the phrase "gentleman" for any legislator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blansky View Post

    Watching some of the documentaries from the Military Channel on the Brits in charge of the war effort like the Mountbattens and his group, that probably all went to Eaton. They all have the upper crust put on accent, dragging out words with a baritone drawl, trying to sound terribly important, don't you see. Boring reminiscences of their days in the House of Commons, and stiff upper lip and all that.
    Wouldn't the Mountbattens have been in the House of Lords?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Eaton make twin speed axles for trucks. I think you mean Eton, a school founded by King Henry VI as a school for poor boys which has somehow lost its original purpose.


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    Traditionally a member's name is never uttered in Parliament since Charles I threatened to arrest its members. So some circumlocution was required. The practice was also adopted by the US Congress. It is always the senator from ... or the gentleman from ... Politicians being the pompous asses that they are love this stuff.
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