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    no offence

    No offence, but how do you call the people behaving in a snobbish way to lower-class people?

    stuck-up or snooty, perhaps?

    I asked this question because I have never heard of it on TV or movies.
    I really want to learn this for some reason.
    :) thank you

    May I know why when they say 'upper class', they deliberately change it to 'upper crust'?
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    Re: no offence

    I think snooty is a bit old-fashioned- stuck-up is more common I think nowadays (in BrE). The noun toff for someone upper-class has made a bit of a comeback- there was a documentary about the current prime minister a few years ago called Toff at the top, and I have heard it used a bit since. Upper crust is another way of saying upper class. I am not sure what you mean by changing to it, but people may use it to sound less elitist or divisive.

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    Re: no offence

    Actually, T, I think you gave the best answer there in passing.

    If people behave badly to those with less money or social status, they are elitists, aren't they? (That could be applied to people who think having an advanced degree makes them better people also, regardless of money.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: no offence

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    No offence, but how do you call the people behaving in a snobbish way to lower-class people?

    stuck-up or snooty, perhaps?

    I asked this question because I have never heard of it on TV or movies.
    I really want to learn this for some reason.
    :) thank you

    May I know why when they say 'upper class', they deliberately change it to 'upper crust'?
    In Aus, we generally just call them snobs or snobbish.
    Class doesn't have a lot of meaning here (except for sociologists, who are taught to use this as an independent variable. You'll hear middle-class, working class, etc. But which of us in the middle classes can afford not to work!)
    Be aware that a lot of words like 'toffs', and 'upper-class twits', even 'upper crust' really belong in Britain, and don't travel well.

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