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May 21, 2006

A Definition of a Gentleman

Yeah, I know the man’s not English, but I’d argue that this is a pretty good definition of a gentleman. My own preference is that a gentleman is someone who never unknowingly insults another person.

But this is nearly as good.

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An "English Gentleman"? Some time since you've lived in England.

Tim adds: All too true. It’s us expats that find out views rather stuck some years back, at about the date we left.

Posted by: msbeaten | May 21, 2006 11:39:56 PM

I would have hoped that "a gentleman" carried some implication of "not a whiner".

Posted by: dsquared | May 22, 2006 8:22:17 AM

I once read two definitions of a gentleman, one humourous, one less so, that have remained with me through the years. Both are illustrative in their own way.

The first (amusing) one was: "A gentleman will always use the butter knife, even when dining alone".

The second was a quote in a book. Our hero has just floored a ne'r do well who thought that an English gentleman would be an easy target. "But I thought you were a gentleman", the ruffian complains clutching his goolies.

"Then I suggest you remember this well," replies our hero, picking up his hat. "The first thing a gentleman is taught, is when to stop being a gentleman."


Posted by: The Remittance Man | May 22, 2006 7:39:01 PM