Bikes are Posh

At least they were in 1956, according to one British linguist [1].

Lower Class Upper Class
Ill Sick
Home House
Radio Wireless
Mirror Looking glass
Wealthy Rich
Serviette Table napkin
Toilet paper Lavatory paper
Notepaper Writing paper
Dinner Lunch
Mental Mad
Preserve Jam
Cycle Bike
Studying for an exam Working for an exam
Take a bath Have a bath
How is your cup? Have some more tea?

By 1978 they were decidedly of the masses, if Freddy Mercury is any indication:


[1] Source: Lapham’s Quarterly. Volume V, Number 2, Page 52.
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Updated April 16 to correct a grammatical error.


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