Oct 27, 2021 • 52M

Podcast: How To Be Posh

Lessons from 18th Century America

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Annette Laing
Podcast versions of historian Annette Laing's Annette Tells Tales posts at Non-Boring History, read aloud in Annette's inimitable British accent.
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Tea set painting
If you’re going to be posh, you need to know that this is no state in which to leave a tea table. Image: Still Life: Tea Set, ca. 1781–83, painting by Jean-Étienne Liotard. Public Domain

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What does it mean to be posh? And how did you become posh if you lived in a backwater like Virginia in the 18th century? That was the question facing tobacco planters, including a certain George Washington. We’re still wondering how we can be equal and yet also posh. Here’s some (posh) food for thought, carefully sourced and curated (naturally). Because if you want to be posh, you should know that even how you think will be judged.

How to be Posh is the podcast version of Annette’s original post at Non-Boring History, based on The Complete Colonial Gentleman by Professor Michal Rozbicki. Read it here:

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How to Be Posh
Hello from Annette Have you ever wandered into the company of rich folk, and felt judged? Don’t worry! You probably were judged. And even if you win the lottery, you will still be judged, unless you behave like other rich people. And they won’t invite you to their posh parties unless you do. This is a problem, because, meanwhile, your old friends and rela…
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