George Eliot quote about society from Middlemarch - All choice of words is slang. It marks a class.
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All choice of words is slang. It marks a class.
 George Eliot, Middlemarch (1872). copy citation

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Author George Eliot
Source Middlemarch
Topic society distinction slang
Date 1872
Language English
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“«Oh, there are so many superior teas and sugars now. Superior is getting to be shopkeepers' slang.»
«Are you beginning to dislike slang, then?» said Rosamond, with mild gravity.
«Only the wrong sort. All choice of words is slang. It marks a class.»
«There is correct English: that is not slang.»
«I beg your pardon: correct English is the slang of prigs who write history and essays. And the strongest slang of all is the slang of poets.»” source

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