affected Brahmin accent

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me-rav

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In Midnight at the Bright Ideas Book Store by Matthew Sullivan, one of the characters is said to have "an affected Brahmin accent" (page 104). What does it mean? From the context I guess it has to do with an upper class Bostonian accent, but I would like to confirm that.

Thanks - merav
 
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  • Yes, Brahmin is applied often to the upper class of New England. Metaphor long established.

    From Wiki cited by Hermione,

    In the United States, it has been applied to the old, wealthy New England families of British Protestant origin which were influential in the development of American institutions and culture. The term effectively underscores the strong conviction of the New England gentry that they were a people set apart by destiny to guide the American experiment as their ancestors had played a leading role in founding it.
     
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