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Another perfect example of a British Gentleman is " Hastings" in Poirot .
I see a few ( welcome) relics of this glorious near extinct species when I go to my local Polo club but they are getting fewer and far between. Men who open doors for you, pull your chair in a restaurant, are always dapper, polite and courteous, never swear, self effacing, self deprecating, etc...
To me a gentleman is not about class and "breeding" but about an attitude . A gentleman is someone who treats all with respect and is as courteous to a flower girl as he is to a duchess ( as Elisa Dolittle would say) , someone with a sense of honour and duty, kind and thoughtful, selfless and thinking of others before thinking of himself. A pretty rare bird indeed !
I am afraid to say that the average British man is nowadays pretty much as described by other posters, binge drinker, anti-social, ill mannered and ill behaved, badly dressed, rude and has no idea has to treat a woman ! There are exceptions of course but binge drinking is the norm here.
Chavs are the national trait rather than gentlemen.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as I recall, there's no "K" in the word "nob". It's just "nob"
Well, I saw it spelled both ways, but after reading the only definition I could find of "nob," and knowing the definition of "knob," and how that word could be applied (without getting too graphic ), I figured "knobhead" fits best. Again, trying to keep it PG13.
Could you adjust my grade at least half a point?
Originally Posted by Mooseketeer
I always think of Bertie Wooster, a perfectly turned out nice but dim chap , chivalrous and always willing to help...
Haha, I love Jeeves & Wooster. I actually thought of Jeeves as more of an English gentleman, although he is actually Wooster's valet. And Jeeves might not always be as "polite" and "courteous" as one would like.
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