50 U and Non-U Words and Phrases

Do you use a “napkin” or a “serviette”?

Are you nipping to the “loo” or the “toilet”?

Does your conversation reveal you as being NOCD (Not Our Class, Dear)?

Find out what your vocabulary says about you, in this searchable, sortable table of U (upper class) and Non-U (middle class) words and phrases:

UNon-U
Bike or bicycleCycle
Dinner jacketDress suit
KnaveJack (cards)
VegetablesGreens
IceIce cream
ScentPerfume
They've a very nice house.They have (got) a lovely home.
Ill (in bed)Sick (in bed)
I was sick on the boat.I was ill on the boat.
Looking-glassMirror
ChimneypieceMantelpiece
GraveyardCemetery
SpectaclesGlasses
False teethDentures
DiePass on
MadMental
JamPreserve
NapkinServiette
SofaSettee or couch
Lavatory or looToilet
RichWealthy
What?Pardon?
Good healthCheers
Lunch or luncheonDinner (for midday meal)
DinnerTea (for evening meal)
PuddingSweet
Drawing-room or sitting-roomLounge
Writing-paperNote-paper
How d'you do?Pleased to meet you
WirelessRadio
(School)master, mistressTeacher
RidingHorse-riding
GrannyNana
Breakfast / luncheon / dinnerMeal
TelephonePhone
DailyCleaner (as in the person)
SmartPosh
HouseMansion
PregnantExpecting
RacingHorse-racing
DecentCivil (behaviour)
WirelessRadio
It was jolly niceIt was very nice
To have one's bathTo take a bath
He's working for an examHe's studying for an exam
How d'you do?Good, thank you (reply)
Saturday and/or SundayWeekend
Step this wayCome this way
AssistHelp
AleBeer

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