Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh are nattering so much in their letters about Noblesse Oblige that I thought I should read it again. Very silly. Waugh called it The Book of Shame and Mitford wrote, 'I didn't know they were going to say edited by, nor did I edit it, or even see it in proof...Rather naughty I think.'
If you think no one cares any more, just check out these book titles:
Class, Jilly Cooper 1979
The Sloane Ranger's Handbook 1982
Alan Titchmarsh’s Avant Gardening 1994
Yew & Non Yew, James Bartholomew 1996
We all have our little things. I don't like 'toilet' but that's a lost battle. What really bugs me these days is people I've never met calling me by my Christian name. This applies especially to businesses like Marks & Spencer and Ocado, which send cheery emails saying 'Hello - ' as if the message came from your best chum and not a robot.
What is your pet hate?