Speak, that I may see thee

December 9, 2008

‘Class – A Guide Through the American Social System’ by Paul Fussell  reads easily and with fun. There is quite a lot on language – among the markers for status system. The response to ‘Have a nice day’ with: ‘Thank you but I have other plans’ leaves no doubt of differences in social class between the speakers. ‘Speak, that I may see thee’, said Ben Jonson  centuries ago.

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