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    Mothers and manners - idiom?

    Hi,
    what's the meaning of "we have our mothers and manners"?

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    Re: Mothers and manners - idiom?

    Can you give the full context?

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    Re: Mothers and manners - idiom?

    "A woman of no Importance" by Oscar Wilde, 2nd act:

    LADY CAROLINE: There are a great many things you havenīt got in America, I am told, Miss Worsley. They say you have no ruins, and no curiosities.

    MRS ALLONBY [to LADY STUTFIELD]: What nonsense! They have their mothers and their manners.



    "mothers", can it be a synonymous of "origins"?

    Thank you for your help.
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    Re: Mothers and manners - idiom?

    No - it is a distinctly rude [but witty and typical of Wilde] comment about American mothers and American manners. The first are ruins and the second are curiosities.

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