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In his pioneering 1755 dictionary, Samuel Johnson focused on words that were, as he put it in an explanatory essay, “used in the general intercourse of life, or found in the works of those whom we commonly style polite writers”. The operative word here is polite, which referred in part to the domains of learning […]more
There have been many attempts to explain the origin of posh, with some theories being more persuasive than others. Is the famed posh acronym theory true? Let’s investigate! Stylish dandies and cash Posh, meaning ‘smart, stylish, splendid, luxurious’ is first recorded in 1914, with the chiefly British strand of meaning, ‘typical of the upper classes; snooty’, […]more