I bet they could hear my squeals of delight as far away as Ripon and Thirsk last week when the news finally hit that Downton Abbey will be back and this time, the Crawleys and company are headed for the silver screen! It's been confirmed that production will start this summer but no word yet on when it will hit the theatres. (oh must they play with us like this 😂)
Since we're have a little time to kill before we rush to the Cineplex, I thought while we wait (with bated breath of course) for the return of Downton, we could mentally prepare by brushing up on some of the more delightful words and idioms that might have rolled off the tongues of the Earl of Gratham, Isobel Crawley and the Lady Mary.
There is an absolute treasure trove of phrases and expressions that were vocabulary standards during the early 20th century and are now unfortunately seldom ever used. Words that have fallen out of fashion but should be brought back into everyday speech just because of their sheer deliciousness!
I think there is no better place to begin with than a term that embodies the Crawleys to a tee!

polite society
A term for the upper class or more specifically, members of the upper class who go to great lengths to behave properly in social situations. 'Polite Society' is often used with an air of humour and suggests that its members like to pretend that things they consider unpleasant do not actually exist. Things that would be considered inappropriate to discuss in front of polite society are religion, illness, financial issues and of course how the lower and working middle classes actually lived their lives.
Enter the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, the queen of polite society 😄

Follow along the new series 'The Lost Language of Polite Society' every Wednesday!

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