Language Quiz / U vs. Non-U English

Random Language or This or That Quiz

QUIZ: Can you pick the British vocabulary identified as 'U' (upper class) as opposed to that identified as 'non-U' (aspiring middle class) in the 1950s?

Quiz not verified by Sporcle

Wrong Answers
The terms U and non-U were coined by linguist Alan S. C. Ross in 1954 to distinguish the speech of the English upper class from that of the middle class. Lower class speech was not at issue. The linguistic divide using these terms was popularized by Nancy Mitford in the essay "The English Aristocracy" and the distinction caused quite a stir in its day, though not all aspects are maintained today. Also see
Score 0/20 Timer 05:00
U/Non-U OptionsU Terminology
Which is U... couch or sofa?
Bike or cycle?
Midday meal: lunch or dinner?
Greens or vegetables?
Rich or wealthy?
(A1) 'They have a lovely home' or (B1) 'They've a very nice house'?
Insane: mad or mental?
Dentures or false teeth?
Playing card: jack or knave?
Looking-glass or mirror?
U/Non-U OptionsU Terminology
Napkin or serviette?
Lavatory or toilet?
'Pardon?' or 'What?'
Pudding or sweet?
Cemetery or graveyard?
Glasses or spectacles?
Perfume or scent?
Drawing-room or lounge?
Dress suit or dinner jacket?
(A2) ice or (B2) ice cream?

You're not logged in!

Compare scores with friends on all Sporcle quizzes.
Sign Up with Email
Log In

You Might Also Like...

Show Comments


Top Quizzes Today

Score Distribution

Your Account Isn't Verified!

In order to create a playlist on Sporcle, you need to verify the email address you used during registration. Go to your Sporcle Settings to finish the process.