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Elegance coach reveals the TEN words and phrases you should cut to avoid sounding artless

An elegance coach has revealed the 10 words and phrases that will make you sound artless, including overusing “very” and saying “PJs.”

Anna Bey, who splits her time between London and Geneva, explained in her most recent YouTube clip how certain words and phrases may seem “chic” but show you are more common than you think.

Among them is saying ‘bubbles’ instead of ‘Prosecco’ and ‘excuse me’ instead of ‘excuse me’.

Anna, who founded The School of Affluence, has 1.02 million subscribers on YouTube, where she shows viewers how to live a “feminine lifestyle” in hopes of attracting a wealthy partner – and claims the way you speak plays a key role in this.

Elegance coach reveals the TEN words and phrases you should

An elegance coach (pictured) has revealed the ten words and phrases you should cut to avoid sounding artless — including overuse of “very” and “excuse me”

Don’t call champagne or Prosecco ‘bubbly, booze or fizz’

‘Let’s talk about alcoholic drinks like Prosecco and champagne. And you know they should always be called Prosecco or champagne,” said Anna.

“You shouldn’t use sentences like ‘oh, I’d like a glass of bubbly, please.’ An elegant lady would never refer to a fine alcoholic drink by those terms.

“Instead, she would call it by its proper name. So let’s say you drink Prosecco. You say prosecco. Or when you drink champagne, you say champagne. So we don’t really want to add all kinds of different nicknames here.

Plus, there are other words like booze or fizz that we should avoid calling alcoholic beverages because it sounds so much more unrefined.

Avoid abbreviations

The elegant coach said: ‘Avoid abbreviations because it doesn’t sound so pompous if you say PJs instead of pyjamas, or uni instead of university.

“Your speech just sounds so much loftier when you use the full sentences or full names instead of abbreviating them.”

Say “terrible” instead of “very”

Anna explained that people who use the word way too much should try to reduce it by saying terrible instead.

“For example, instead of saying that the restaurant was very full last night. It sounds better if you say it was terribly packed last night, but remember ladies, it can sound a bit repetitive if you keep using awful in every sentence.

“So you really have to mix this up. So make sure you start reducing a lot from your vocabulary and adding a little more awful stuff.”

Instead of ‘may I have’, use ‘may I have’

The elegance coach said, “Instead of saying ‘Can I have this’, ‘Can I have that’, you can say ‘Can I have that’.

“If any of you are familiar with formal writing and speaking practices, then you know how ‘may I’ is the right way to ask permission for something.

‘Can I’ is certainly used a lot, but it actually makes more technical sense to say ‘may I’. It also sounds a bit more polite.’

Anna Bey (pictured), who splits her time between London and Geneva, discussed how to make sure you sound stylish in her most recent YouTube clip

Anna Bey (pictured), who splits her time between London and Geneva, discussed how to make sure you sound stylish in her most recent YouTube clip

Anna Bey (pictured), who splits her time between London and Geneva, discussed how to make sure you sound stylish in her most recent YouTube clip

Stop saying ‘forgive me’

Anna insisted, “Stop saying ‘sorry’, especially if you say it because you think it will make you sound more chic.

Now it’s actually a common misconception that ‘excuse me’ is a good way to excuse yourself and that it’s also chic and polite.

‘That’s what I thought for years, but I’ve actually learned that in upper-class circles it’s actually seen as something very basic and artless. So a proper and more correct way is to just say “excuse me.”

Don’t use too much ‘total’ and ‘total’

Anna said, “Some other words I’ve learned that most of us overuse are ‘total’ and ‘complete’. These words can be replaced in your vocabulary by using a standard word “decent” as an example.

“Instead of saying ‘it’s quite warm outside’, it sounds better if you say ‘it’s quite warm outside’.”

Add ‘rather’ more to your vocabulary

“It was a pretty nice day instead of saying it was a really nice day,” said the elegance coach.

“And we can use more as a word if we really want to emphasize something in an elegant way, because it sounds a bit more chic this way.”

Instead of ‘the toilet’ or ‘toilet’ use ‘restroom’

“Ladies, are you going to the toilet or to the toilet for my British ladies?” Anna said. ‘Or are you going to the toilet?

“As I’ve learned in my speech coaching, toilet is seen as a lower level speech.

Another variation could be to say bathroom, but the word would describe a room with a bath, which is often not the case.

“That’s why a toilet is the right word to use. But I personally don’t even think it’s necessary to always give a description of where you’re going.

“Sometimes I only said ‘sorry’ when I left for the lab. Or let’s say I say “excuse me, I’m going to the ladies or the ladies room.”

“I just think the toilet can sometimes feel a bit too much information in some circumstances. You know too much information.’

Use ‘how’ to describe something

“Last but not least, to spice up a vocabulary and sound a bit more refined, another tip is to say ‘how,'” Anna said.

“As an example, you would actually say ‘how beautiful’, ‘how charming’, ‘how wonderful’, instead of just saying ‘nice’ or ‘cute’ or ‘nice’. It may sound a bit old-fashioned, but ladies, it will take your everyday language to the next level.’

Replace ‘Hello’ and ‘Hey’ with ‘Hello’

Anna explained, “There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘Hello’ or ‘Hello’, but you should really be aware that it’s actually a casual way to greet someone rather than ‘Hello’.

‘Hello is just a little more formal. So you have to think about who you say “Hello” to, as you know, the rule of etiquette is that you adapt to the situation and environment you are in, because rules, they change.

“For this reason you can say “Hi” or “Hey” with close friends – but I think it’s better that you get used to always using the formal greeting with people you don’t know that much or may not even know them in rather than using more intimate words.’

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