When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in 10 of the city’s residents voted for Brexit — a useful inverse poshness indicator.
"Stop Pretending You're Not Rich" is from the June 11, 2017 Commentary section of The New York Times. It was written by Richard V. Reeves and narrated by Kristi Burns.