In 1891 author and lecturer ”Max O’Rell
” (being the pen name of one Léon Paul Blouet) published an amusing account of his travels through the States and Eastern Canada - "A Frenchman In America
" - that, along with the charming illustrations, reflect on then popular national stereotypes and character and is presented on Project Gutenberg in its entirely. (via
The Guardian examines "nu snobbery"
and the social acceptability among the British press
and middle class of ridiculing the working class
. The chav phenomenon has been discussed many times
on MeFi, but if anything it has gotten more widespread, and as documented in the article, even spawned Chav Discos
. Where will it all lead? Has Britain slipped completely back into class snobbery - in both directions - or did it never really go away?