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    'upstart', an informal term for 'nouveau riche' and 'parvenu'?

    Hi,

    May I have any other informal synonyms in case there are any? Thanks!

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    Re: 'upstart', an informal term for 'nouveau riche' and 'parvenu'?

    'upstart', an informal term for 'nouveau riche' and 'parvenu'?
    May I have any other informal synonyms in case there are any? Thanks!

    Johnny-come-lately, jumped-up, social climber etc.
    Bearing in mind that depending on context, these terms are not necessarily exact synonyms.

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    Re: 'upstart', an informal term for 'nouveau riche' and 'parvenu'?

    It would a great favour to me if you could kindly give me a few examples. I'd especially like to know more about the ones used in everyday English. (I've already googled it, but didn't find anything interesting.)

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    Re: 'upstart', an informal term for 'nouveau riche' and 'parvenu'?

    I see "upstart" as a general term for someone without much of a pedigree; nouveau riche means there is money but no 'class' and no high society family connections, other than a few new, weak ones; a parvenu, also French, is a synonym for the more British term 'jumped-up', meaning someone who is in a social class that is higher than the one he started out in. So a parvenu may have become rich himself, but his children would be nouveau-riche without being parvenus, if you follow me, because they didn't really 'make it' or 'arrive' through a significant change of situation.

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