SIR – Readers have been discussing the characteristics which indicate a person’s “poshness” (Letters, January 6). I was once told that being posh was determined by how late one ate in the evening. High tea at five in the afternoon was definitely not posh; dinner at eight, very much so.
Unless, of course, one was a shift worker who ate between 11 and midnight after the late shift. That took you back to the bottom of the ladder. Elizabeth Allison
SIR – I recall once overhearing a conversation in Somerfield’s, a socially eclectic mini-mart of the time. A small boy was peering eagerly into a dessert cabinet.
“What’s that, Daddy?” he asked, in cut-glass tones. “It looks scrumptious.” “That’s a pavlova”, replied the father: “I’m afraid they’re awfully posh.” “But daddy,” came the reply, “aren’t we posh?” Brian H Sheridan
Sheffield, South Yorkshire