Wynter Society: Modern Snobs…Our Secret Code

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Polite society used to be studded with semisecret slang that allowed PLU (People Like Us) to converse privately in front of NQOSD (Not Quite Our Sort, Darling). As English author Nancy Mitford revealed in her infamous distinction between U(pperclass) and Non-U(pper-class) words, language was inexorably linked to snobbery. Mothers looked askance at anyone who poured tea MIF (Milk In First). Fathers spoke darkly of the suitor who HKLP (Holds Knife Like Pen). And debutantes swapped tales of men who were NSIT (Not Safe In Taxis).

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Social media has introduced an avalanche of abbreviations (are you ROFL-ing yet?), but very few are relevant to our NGA (New Gilded Age). We now rectify this glaring omission.

WEALTH

TWS Trophy Wife Smile

RIT Rich In Theory

AP Alimony Poor

UGDB Uptown Girl with Downtown Boy

PDW Public Display of Wealth

EES Entourage Entitlement Syndrome

BID Billionaire Isolation Disorder

GATE Gives Anonymously/Tells Everybody

DT Doesn’t Tip

NOB Name On Building

STYLE

PAC Paid Arm Candy

EBF Expressionless Botox Face

SMT Stepmom Thin

RJIB Real Jewels In Bank

WTRT Wear Tonight, Return Tomorrow

WBB Wealth Buys Beauty

COBT Clip-On Bow Tie

IPD Instagram Prima Donna

PSW Page Six Wannabe

OUB Obviously Unread Bookshelves

POLITICS

D4SR4D Democrat For Show, Republican For Dough

DPD Dinner Party Democrat

CCR Country Club Republican

TFG Trust Fund Genius

SVM Silicon Valley Money

NFH Normal For Hollywood

FAMILY

BTN Banging The Nanny

BTT Banging The Trainer

ROWN Ran Off With Nanny

ROWT Ran Off With Trainer

DFS Divorce Fatigue Syndrome

HFK Hedge Fund Kid

WES Wasted Expensive School

PNP Prenup Paralysis

TRAVEL

PJB Private Jet Bragger

SIT; WIT Summers In Town; Winters In Town

GYG Good Yacht Guest

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Town & Country.

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