Are you posh?

A nationwide study by Perspectus Global delved into what Brits consider to be the traits of true 'poshness' 

1. You went to boarding school - N

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - N

3. You have a wine cellar - N

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - N

5. You belong to an old private members club - N

6. You NEVER discuss money - N

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - Y

8. You have a family coat of arms - N

9. You ride horses - N

10. Your dinner parties are catered - N

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y

12. You have a gardener - N

13. You call dinner 'supper' - N

14. You have silver - N

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - N

16. You have a family tree - N

17, You shoot - N

18. You ski - N

19. You wear tweed jackets - N

20. You call everyone darling - N

21. You play croquet - N

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - N

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - N

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - N

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - N

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - N

27. You know Latin - N

28. You have shelves full of books - Y

29. You eat partridge and grouse - N

30. You call their friends by their second names - Y

31. You are good at small talk - N

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

33. You love cricket - Y

34. You wear a gilet - N

35. You like rugby but not football - Y

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

37. You laugh very loudly - Y

38. You have an Aga - N

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - N

40. You live in wellies - N

This survey is disgustingly bourgeois.

However:  yes, to all except 3.

BTW the double barrelled thing is now rubbish.  30 years ago maybe.  now everyone's got one.  

3

Or maybe 4 but I don't know what using a knife & fork "properly" means, so am probably disqualified even if I do it right by accident. 

1. You went to boarding school - Yes

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - Yes, but not expensive ones

3. You have a wine cellar - No

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - No

5. You belong to an old private members club - Yes

6. You NEVER discuss money - No

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - No

8. You have a family coat of arms - No

9. You ride horses - Not any more

10. Your dinner parties are catered - No

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Yes

12. You have a gardener - No

13. You call dinner 'supper' - No

14. You have silver - Yes

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - No

16. You have a family tree - No

17, You shoot - No

18. You ski - No

19. You wear tweed jackets - Yes

20. You call everyone darling - Yes

21. You play croquet - Yes

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - No (just look it up)

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - Yes

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Yes

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - No

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - No

27. You know Latin - Yes

28. You have shelves full of books - Not a library, which I assume is what it means

29. You eat partridge and grouse - No

30. You call their friends by their second names - Yes

31. You are good at small talk - No

32. You have a double-barreled name - No

33. You love cricket - Yes, but that's no a sign of being posh

34. You wear a gilet - No

35. You like rugby but not football - No

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Yes

37. You laugh very loudly - No

38. You have an Aga - No

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - No

40. You live in wellies - No

 

14/40. Not very posh.

1. You went to boarding school - N

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - N

3. You have a wine cellar - N

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - N

5. You belong to an old private members club - Y

6. You NEVER discuss money - N

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - N

8. You have a family coat of arms - N

9. You ride horses - N

10. Your dinner parties are catered - N

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y to the actual question. What kind of berk would *never* say "cutlery"?

12. You have a gardener - N, used to tho

13. You call dinner 'supper' - N

14. You have silver - N

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - N

16. You have a family tree - N

17, You shoot - N

18. You ski - Y

19. You wear tweed jackets - Y

20. You call everyone darling - N

21. You play croquet - N

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - N

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - N

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - N

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - N

27. You know Latin - N

28. You have shelves full of books - Y

29. You eat partridge and grouse - N

30. You call their friends by their second names - Y

31. You are good at small talk - Y

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

33. You love cricket - Y

34. You wear a gilet - N

35. You like rugby but not football - N - what a ridiculous suggestion

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

37. You laugh very loudly - N

38. You have an Aga - N

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - Y

40. You live in wellies - N

The people who matter don't care and the people who care don't matter.

1. You went to boarding school - N

 

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - N

 

3. You have a wine cellar - N

 

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - N

 

5. You belong to an old private members club - N

 

6. You NEVER discuss money - N

 

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - N

 

8. You have a family coat of arms - N

 

9. You ride horses - N

 

10. Your dinner parties are catered - N

 

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y

 

12. You have a gardener - N

 

13. You call dinner 'supper' - N

 

14. You have silver - N

 

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - N

 

16. You have a family tree - N

 

17, You shoot - N

 

18. You ski - N

 

19. You wear tweed jackets - N

 

20. You call everyone darling - N

 

21. You play croquet - N

 

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - N

 

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - N

 

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

 

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - N

 

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - N

 

27. You know Latin - N

 

28. You have shelves full of books - Y

 

29. You eat partridge and grouse - N

 

30. You call their friends by their second names - N

 

31. You are good at small talk - Y

 

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

 

33. You love cricket - N

 

34. You wear a gilet - N

 

35. You like rugby but not football - N

 

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

 

37. You laugh very loudly - Y

 

38. You have an Aga - N

 

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - N

 

40. You live in wellies - N

Heh very rof.  These are my only yeses

 

 

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

33. You love cricket - Y

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

 

8. You have a family coat of arms - y, I'm Scottish though (well, first gen English) so not sure that really counts.

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - y, AFAIK

12. You have a gardener - y

14. You have silver - maybe half a mark, we have some tarnished silver objects and my favourite cufflinks are silver but I'm not sure that is what they mean

18. You ski - y, although I only started in my 20s

35. You like rugby but not football - maybe half a mark, I like rugby more than football

this kinda just confirms that brits do things because they are ticking off a list rather than because it makes sense or they like it

as to the, urgh, "where did you school?" (talk about a red flag)

here's me in 1987 on a trip to the easterhouse spam silos

15 some of which is contextual to do with my work and some of which are things I know how to do but only do infrequently. For example I do shoot but probably not in the way you mean. 

Sumo, why's that a red flag? Did you not go to a school? 

"I do shoot but probably not in the way you mean."

HEH! 

Double-barrelled isn't posh. It's common desperately trying to be posh. 

I ticked N to a lot of those yet seem to find myself recently descended from central European aristocracy whose names appear on city streets and whose busts still peer from grand architectural vantage points. 

u can take the wigga out of the palace...

I'm part descended from bandits in one of the reiver families so hardly posh

 

3-ducks12 May 21 15:35

Sumo, why's that a red flag? Did you not go to a school? 

______________________________________________________________

I literally put in brackets (and who talks like that other than dux) then deleted it because I thought "nah, not even dux is that middle class faux artiso hand wringing" 

also

as you well know, Schools were abolished in scotland in the late 70s under the tories and only brought back during the great liberation by Tony Blair and Donald Dewar who used Iron Man suits to bring peace to the warring tribes of the carron valley

1. You went to boarding school - Y

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - Y

3. You have a wine cellar - N

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - Y (although only back one generation)

5. You belong to an old private members club - Y

6. You NEVER discuss money - N

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - Y (well mum and dad)

8. You have a family coat of arms - N

9. You ride horses - I can ride but don't do it often.

10. Your dinner parties are catered - N

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y

12. You have a gardener - Y

13. You call dinner 'supper' - Y

14. You have silver - Y

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - N

16. You have a family tree - Y

17, You shoot - Y

18. You ski - Y

19. You wear tweed jackets - N

20. You call everyone darling - N

21. You play croquet - Y

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - N as I can speak English so ask where they went to school.

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - Y

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - N

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - N

27. You know Latin - Y

28. You have shelves full of books - Y

29. You eat partridge and grouse - N

30. You call their friends by their second names - Y

31. You are good at small talk - Y

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

33. You love cricket - Y

34. You wear a gilet - Y

35. You like rugby but not football - Y

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

37. You laugh very loudly - Y

38. You have an Aga - Y

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - N

40. You live in wellies - Y only in the winter.

15 (16 if the Rangemaster counts as an AGA as it is made by AGA).

13 for me so no, apaz not posh.

Also have shot but again, not in the way the questionnaire means. Probs nearer to blindtom's...

9 for me. One of my wife's friends thinks I "talk posh" but her definition of that is anyone who speaks with a Southern accent that isn't from the Estuary. I do wonder what she would make of the people I went to school with, but it's quite possible that she can't tell the difference.

11/40

one of them was boarding school (scholarship)

can confirm a lot of this is twaddle

 

My only yes answers.  And I mean shelves with books on doesn't exactly make me Michael Fvcking Portillo:

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms 

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' 

28. You have shelves full of books 

31. You are good at small talk 

35. You like rugby* but not football

 

*More rugby league tbh, which is even less posh than football...

 

Laz having a loyalty card for your local lap dancing place does not constitute membership of a private members' club.

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - Y (well mum and dad)

Sails fail. 

Disappointing that I only just scraped over half marks with 24.

2/40 for me. I win. Cutlery and books.

I think 10+ is the cut off point for being too posh to be part of my world, because I’m really tolerant like that.

. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - Y (well mum and dad)

 

Eh, what else are you supposed to call them?

Saying the loo isn't posh is it?

anyway, what pancakes said

i am not remotely posh but I knew that 

hey guy, you can't claim to love cricket if you want test matches ot be over 4 days! them's the rulz

Eh, what else are you supposed to call them?

mater and pater 

obvs

Well you should address them by their full titles or ideally get the butler to announce you as you enter the room they're in so there's no embarrassing moment where they don't recognise you because you've been away at school or similar.

Saying the loo isn't posh is it?

Call it the 'bog' like a normal person FFS. 

"Y (well mum and dad)"

Like everyone else? So, in fact, that's N.

"as you well know, Schools were abolished in scotland in the late 70s under the tories and only brought back during the great liberation by Tony Blair and Donald Dewar who used Iron Man suits to bring peace to the warring tribes of the carron valley"

Heh! Is Dewar the one who looked like Denis Thatcher?

4/40 which makes me, as I already knew, the 2nd poshest scouse bloke after Tom Baker. 

9 so just over twice as posh as buzz

But I'm not northern so that levels it out

Thought you lot would generally score higher.

I got 17, although I consider myself fairly ordinary.

btw, surely calling everyone "darling" is theatrical/old-school gay, rather than posh.

As I'm home and with an actual keyboard here we go

1. You went to boarding school - Y but I was a day pupil

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - N

3. You have a wine cellar - Y except it's whisky

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - N

5. You belong to an old private members club - Y but related to work

6. You NEVER discuss money - Y

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - Y (well mum and dad)

8. You have a family coat of arms - N

9. You ride horses - I know how to as I grew up in the country but haven't for a while

10. Your dinner parties are catered - N

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y

12. You have a gardener - N (don't have a garden)

13. You call dinner 'supper' - N

14. You have silver - N

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - N

16. You have a family tree - N

17, You shoot - Y but not for hunting

18. You ski - Y

19. You wear tweed jackets - Y sometimes

20. You call everyone darling - N

21. You play croquet - N

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - N 

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - N

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - N they are crap and uncomfortable, but have had 2 Discovery and 1 Freelander

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - Maybe but depends on what you mean by old

27. You know Latin - N

28. You have shelves full of books - N more on Kindle these days

29. You eat partridge and grouse - Y but not something regular 

30. You call their friends by their second names - N

31. You are good at small talk - Depends on who you ask

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

33. You love cricket - N

34. You wear a gilet - Y

35. You like rugby but not football - Y

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

37. You laugh very loudly - N

38. You have an Aga - N

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - N

40. You live in wellies - N

I think I miscounted before

Surely there will be a croquet tournament at your roffer summer pool party

I played croquet once.

It was crap.

The other player claimed to know the rules.

All the rules led to one place - a free shot for him.

Looks like the poshest people are Heffalump and Tricky Woo, and even they only scored half marks.

Heh.

1. You went to boarding school - Yes

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - Yes, but not expensive ones

3. You have a wine cellar - No

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - No

5. You belong to an old private members club - No

6. You NEVER discuss money - No; had too because of one of us not working during COVID.

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - No

8. You have a family coat of arms - No

9. You ride horses - Yes, have one, considering a second.

10. Your dinner parties are catered - Yes, by me.  I am an excellent cook.

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Yes

12. You have a gardener - No

13. You call dinner 'supper' - Yes

14. You have silver - Yes

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - Yes

16. You have a family tree - No

17, You shoot - Yes

18. You ski - Yes

19. You wear tweed jackets - Yes

20. You call everyone darling - No

21. You play croquet - Yes

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - No

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - No

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Yes

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - No

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - Yes

27. You know Latin - Yes

28. You have shelves full of books - Yes

29. You eat partridge and grouse - Yes

30. You call their friends by their second names - No

31. You are good at small talk - No

32. You have a double-barreled name - No

33. You love cricket - No, too dull.

34. You wear a gilet - Yes

35. You like rugby but not football - Yes

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Yes

37. You laugh very loudly - No

38. You have an Aga - I have an Everhot; like an aga, as expensive as an age, but more efficient energy wise.

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - No

40. You live in wellies - Yes

 

22/40 50% ish posh

I got 7 and I am not in the least posh.

I think that calling the toilet "the loo" isn't posh. It's supposed to be called "the lavatory". I remember a posh friend of mine discussing this with an even posher person as they agonized over what to teach their toddlers to call it.

About 18 but I am not particularly posh. (my mummy and daddy said lavatory , never loo)

1. You went to boarding school - N

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - Y but they aren't very expensive 

3. You have a wine cellar - N but I have a collection 

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - N

5. You belong to an old private members club - Y

6. You NEVER discuss money - N

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - Y 

8. You have a family coat of arms - N

9. You ride horses - N

10. Your dinner parties are catered - N

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y

12. You have a gardener - Y

13. You call dinner 'supper' - N

14. You have silver - Y

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - Y

16. You have a family tree - N

17, You shoot - Y

18. You ski - N

19. You wear tweed jackets - N

20. You call everyone darling - N

21. You play croquet - N (but I did a bit at Oxford usually while drunk) 

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - Y

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - Y

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - N

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - N

27. You know Latin - Y (well I did)

28. You have shelves full of books - Y

29. You eat partridge and grouse - Y

30. You call their friends by their second names - Y

31. You are good at small talk - Y

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

33. You love cricket - N

34. You wear a gilet - N

35. You like rugby but not football - Y

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

37. You laugh very loudly - Y

38. You have an Aga - N

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - Y

40. You live in wellies - Y (I wear them for autopsies) 

 

20/40. So not very.

I find the laughing very loudly one odd, I do laugh loudly but I speak loudly so it is in proportion so maybe I should have put N

Although of course all good small talk starts with the question "where did you school?"

Must be a trick question.

Of course, smart people do not use the word posh.

 

4/40

I am not sure all of these are signs of being posh, but some of them are good ways of finding out whether someone should be avoided. If someone (over the age of 18) asks me what school I went to or calls their parents mummy and daddy then I can safely add them to the ‘best avoided’ list. 

23/40. BTW,  nothing wrong with calling your mother Mummy. I do, as it’s what my mother prefers!

2/40. Grew up by the gasworks and had a whippet etc.

Tom - I'm also descended from one of the reiver families.

1. You went to boarding school - Heh, no.

2. You have antiques and family heirlooms - Weirdly yes, to some extent but not valuable.

3. You have a wine cellar - If a few hundred bottles in bond counts then yes. 

4. You have paintings of your ancestors - N

5. You belong to an old private members club - N

6. You NEVER discuss money - Y

7. You call your parents 'mummy' and 'daddy', even when you are an adult - N (mum and dad which is v. different)

8. You have a family coat of arms - No (though Mrs Donny does)

9. You ride horses - I know how but haven't for years.

10. Your dinner parties are catered - hmmm, the house keeper normally does the cooking for parties these days.

11. You know how to eat properly with a knife and fork (you would never say cutlery) - Y

12. You have a gardener - Two of them.

13. You call dinner 'supper' - Y

14. You have silver - Y (well Mrs Donny has some family stuff)

15. You send proper invites to parties in the post - N

16. You have a family tree - Y but only cos my uncle did one as a hobby. 

17, You shoot - Clubbers tells me rabbits don't count so no.

18. You ski - I have done, but would prefer to avoid it to be honest. 

19. You wear tweed jackets - I own a couple of but they are not Tweed Jackets if you see what I mean.

20. You call everyone darling - N

21. You play croquet - I can (hangover from college) but don't make a habit of it.

22. You ask people, 'where did you school'? - Nope 

23. You call Champagne 'Champers' - Nope, 'fizz'

24. You call the toilet 'the loo' - Y

25. You drive an old Land Rover Defender - 10 year old disco.

26. You wear an old Barbour jacket - No. Modern gortex stuff is just a million times more practical. 

27. You know Latin - N

28. You have shelves full of books - Not an actual library but yeah, the house is full of books.

29. You eat partridge and grouse - I will if its going like but not something regular 

30. You call their friends by their second names - Some of them. 

31. You are good at small talk - No, fvcking terrible at it.

32. You have a double-barreled name - N

33. You love cricket - Love is a strong word. I will gladly go watch it if I am offered free tickets (mainly for the beer).

34. You wear a gilet - N

35. You like rugby but not football - Y

36. You say 'napkin' instead of 'serviette' - Y

37. You laugh very loudly - N

38. You have an Aga - N

39. You prefer loose leaf tea to tea bags - N

40. You live in wellies - When in the country.