Using these 10 words makes you middle class, apparently

Do you consider yourself to be middle class? From occupation to interests, the definition of the term is different to everyone, to the point where it can be difficult to know where you stand these days – but according to etiquette expert William Hanson, it could all be down to your vocabulary.

Hanson spoke to Cosmopolitan recently to share the top ten words or phrases that come out of middle class mouths most often, and you might find his collection more than a little surprising.

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High up on the list was ‘avo’, the shortened version of ‘avocado’, a fruit which to most of us is more commonly associated with millennial lexicon. Also ranking were ‘toilet’ (as opposed to ‘loo’ or ‘bathroom’, we’d imagine), and ‘pardon?’ to ask someone to repeat themselves.

If you pop the cork on a bottle of champagne or prosecco and call it ‘bubbly’, ‘fizz’ or even ‘booze’, you’re once again using middle class language, says Hanson. Ditto calling films ‘movies’, or university ‘uni’ – and if you’re a ‘vegan’, you definitely fall under the middle class umbrella.

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10 words that make you middle class, according to an etiquette expert

  • Pardon?
  • Toilet
  • Pleased to meet you
  • Bubbly or ‘fizz’
  • Kids
  • Avo
  • Movie
  • Uni
  • Booze
  • ‘I’m done’
  • Catchment area
  • Fitbit
  • Vegan

It’s not the first time Hanson’s opened up to the title about typical middle class behaviours. Back in June, he shared nine pieces of belongings he’s dubbed ‘middle class’, including hollandaise in a jar, a Nutribullet and a Nespresso machine.

Other belongings he’s dubbed ‘middle class’ in the past include smart TVs, vinyl records, Antler or Samsonite luggage, spiralizers and Dyson vacuum cleaners.

Looking around you at your possessions and nodding along with his picks? Hanson would likely deem you to be precisely middle class before you’ve even had a chance to say ‘catchment area’.