What's posh and what's not? Your 2018 guide

Nicky Haslam, the rigorous arbiter of posh Credit: Getty

Posh. Such a divisive word. Used both as a slur and a compliment. Winced at by some. Aspired to by others. It’s bandied about so often now that it has become, well, pretty common. Some people sniff and say it’s not posh to say the word “posh” at all, but actually it’s fine if you’re being a bit ironic. And also if you’re posh yourself. “Dead posh,” I will often say in a slightly funny accent, in reference to someone’s haircut or a restaurant, to denote what a woman of the people I am.

Tell you who else is dead posh – Nicky Haslam, the interior designer and social king. A friend of his recently printed some of the things Haslam deems common on a tea towel and gave it to him. Haslam duly Instagrammed a picture of the tea towel. 

Sophia Money-Coutts agrees with Nicky about Ibiza Credit: Andrew Crowley

The tea towel went viral. The list of common things included (but was not limited to): being ill, Richard Branson, loving your parents, Ibiza, saying “bye bye”, glass...

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