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'Ow posh are yoo?

Simple poshness test, put together by a market research firm angling for business. A bit of fun on a hot Friday afternoon, so I thought I'd reproduce it. I'll also post a poll where if you want to, you can post how many questions you answered yes to.

1. Do you ever go to the opera or ballet?
2. Do you have a cleaner?
3. Do you wear any clothing by Hackett or Barbour, or similar brands?
4. Are you interested in horses or sailing?
5. Would you spend more than £10 on a bottle of wine?
6. Do you still tell people what school you went to?
7. Do you shop at Waitrose?
8. Do you call the evening meal 'supper' rather than 'dinner' or 'tea'?
9. Do you greet people with a kiss on both cheeks?
10. Do you have an Aga?
11. Do you drink Earl Grey or specialist teas?
12. Do you know what Prosecco is?
13. Do you eat hummus?

Answer 'yes' to three or more questions and you are apparently posh, according to the market research firm.

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meglorien
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm, number 9 is unfair. In Portugal everybody greets women/girls with a kiss on both cheeks! But I guess the list is directed at people who have a Waitrose to shop at ;-)
philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, it probably assumes British sensibilities. Feel free to come up with an alternative 13 questions for Portuguese people living in Norway!
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knirirr
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Apparently my yokel ancestry shows through even today...
wellinghall
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
There was a Times quiz recently (like, a few months ago) on a similar theme. The only question I can really remember was:

You grew up on an estate. Did it have:
a) 13,000 acres
b) 13,000 people
c) four wheels.

I correctly answered "a".
philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Does it still count for staff...?
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the_marquis
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Well I'm stuffed then, Houmous is a nice veggie food, the corner shop is Waitrose (it was Safeway but ...), I like ballet but haven't been so far this century, the MiL bought tickets for the Opera for all of us a few Christmases ago, and the sister outlaw get to ride a friend's mum's horse to help keep it exercised and sometimes we get to as well.

So I'd answer yes to 4/13 but I suspect frankly that actual posh people would consider me common.
philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Being a vegetarian probably counts as posh...

If you live in the sort of area where Waitrose is the corner shop, then it's probably a posh area (yes, I know you live in Wolverhampton...). Ballet and opera: definitely posh. And you have horsey friends.


Posh? You're practically aristocratic...
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king_pellinor
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
The questions are too wide. Yes, I'd spend £10 on a bottle of wine in a restaurant, but mostly because it's hard to find them even at £12. Yes, I've been to the opera, and eaten hummus, and drunk Earl Grey, and shopped at Waitrose, but not habitually. And I only know what Prosecco is because I had to buy some for Bacchus and Chainmailmaiden when they were coming round to play computer games. And I'm interested in sailing, but mostly to the extent that my way home gets blocked by sailors :-p

So the score is anything from nil to nine depending on how you interpret the questions.
philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Quibbling over the questions is definitely posh.
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philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I reckon it is possible to come up with rather posher answers for some of these questions than the ones given:

1. Sorry, that's always going to be posh.
2. No, I have staff.
3. Is Hackett really that posh? Try this test. Next time there is an England game on at the pub, go along and see if you can see any Hackett polo shirts. Posh people don't go to the pub to watch football matches. The more select Savile Row tailors would be a better fit here.
4. Yup. Both posh.
5. Yup - posh. Also, if your wine comes from a wine merchant rather than the supermarket or corner shop. (Sorry lil_shepherd.)
6. I would have thought this is only posh if you went to a posh school. I don't know whether grammar schools count as posh or not. Comprehensives don't. Public schools do.
7. Posher answers would be "You'll have to ask my housekeeper" or "Only if the farmers' market isn't on this week".
8. Yeah, that's posh.
9. As meglorien points out, that might be just furrin. Furriners aren't necessarily posh.
10. Yeah, that's posh, but might just be because you live in the country. Having one in an urban house is even posher. Having one in a suburban house isn't, because posh people never live in the suburbs.
11. Posh.
12. I'm reluctant to suggest that knowing any fact makes you posh or not posh. If you answered "of course" though, then you're posh. If you didn't know, then you're not.
13. Posh.

6.
adaese
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
I think 6 is more a sign of insecurity. My father and grandfather both went to Very Grand Schools Indeed, but the subject only ever came up in family conversations - I can't remember either of them ever mentioning the fact to an outsider. On the other hand, if you are, like Grandpapa was, a member of a Very Grand Club Indeed, then everyone who needs to know, already does (and was with him at school or uni, or had a family member ditto). Nobody else counts.
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ladyofastolat
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I don't think 6 is a judge of how posh you are, just a judge of how boastful you are. As Watching the English explains, truly posh people are often quite modest and unassuming. It's only the aspiring middle classes who are forever flaunting their status symbols and claims to poshness. Yes, I did go to a posh school (a fairly prominent Public School - though not in the Eton class, and I was only there on a scholarship) and a posh university, but I wouldn't dream of telling people this, unless they asked. Had I gone to a less posh school or university, I'd be more likely to name it, since it wouldn't seem like showing off.

There is no Waitrose on the island, so I couldn't shop there even if I wanted to. They do, though, plan to open one in one of the least posh towns on the entire island. Would its local suddenly magically become one degree posher just because this is now their local shop?

For 11, does it count that I once made a cup of tea in a mug that had been steeping in lemon-scented cleaning fluid, and drank the whole thing, thinking, "Hmph! An Earl Grey tea bag has been accidentally mixed up with these normal tea bags?"
philmophlegm
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
"I don't think 6 is a judge of how posh you are, just a judge of how boastful you are."

Not necessarily how boastful you are, perhaps simply a measure of how likely you are to discuss your past. Both the (comprehensive)school I went to and the college / university (same university, but arguably posher college) I went to are a big part of who I am. I'm as likely to mention one as the other, and I'm ashamed of neither.



"They do, though, plan to open one in one of the least posh towns on the entire island."

Yes, but it will no doubt cover a larger area. Our Waitrose is in distinctly unposh Saltash, but caters to the whole Cornish side of the lower Tamar Valley, which is rather posher.



"For 11, does it count that I once made a cup of tea in a mug that had been steeping in lemon-scented cleaning fluid, and drank the whole thing, thinking, "Hmph! An Earl Grey tea bag has been accidentally mixed up with these normal tea bags?""
No. No it doesn't.
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clarienne
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
1. Not my scene, I'll say no.
2. No, my house isn't big enough to need one.
3. No.
4. I quite like horses and boats on general principles, but not enough to lose sleep over not being able to afford them right now. That's also a no, I guess.
5. No.
6. No.
7. No - I've recently switched from Tesco to Sainsburys!
8. No. I've graduated from 'tea' to 'dinner', and 'supper' really sets my teeth on edge.
9. Certainly not.
10. Lol no. Although I do like them.
11. Not very often, because I frankly prefer builders tea.
12. No.
13. Yes. Since when is that posh?

There you go - one notch above scum of the earth. :D
kargicq
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hummus is definitely middle-class, not "posh". They hit a wrong note there. Actually vegetarianism ditto.

Check out http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/ben_macintyre/article7129129.ece for a funny article on "Cameron vs Clegg: who is posher?" on the subtle distinctions of the British class system.

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helflaed
Jun. 5th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Five. Oh halp.
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