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Can you tell a person's class by the way they look or talk? An audience member named Patience says she believes things like hair plastered up with hairspray, long acrylic fingernails and crude table manners are all signs of being lower class. She also says poor diction and bad grammar are class indicators. "English is our friend and so we don't have to fight it," says Patience. "You can use it to serve you—to expand your opportunities as a person."

In reality, what sets the different classes apart is more than skin deep.
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FROM: What Class Are You? Inside America's Taboo Topic
Published on April 21, 2006

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