I know lots of people on here might think this is ridiculous, but I was badly bullied at school for sounding ‘posh’. Do, next time you think an RP accent is a privilege and a ticket, think again. It made me miserable.
Man who’s just been introduced to me in a pub: ‘You don’t SOUND Australian’.
His partner: ‘Well perhaps he’s got a posh Australian accent?’
Man: ‘Oxymoron, dear. Don’t be silly!’
I was picked on when I joined my secondary school for speaking ‘posh’. I guess I had quite an RP accent from my parents who had both had elocution lessons when they were younger. I would definitely not have considered myself ‘posh’ though. No one wanted to be posh at my school. I had to very quickly start speaking North Londonese to avoid bullying.
I remember a kid in the PRU I worked in telling me I talked like a “posh gay nonce”