Language, Grammar & Accents
Often a “proper” accent evolves in a country, scrubbed clean of regional or ethnic dialects and local colloquialisms. It represents the standard. It can be used as an identifier of belonging – or not – to the upper classes.
People who aspire to belong to a more privileged class may work hard to abide by the proper standard, but real upperclassers can tell the difference.
Sometimes people can switch how they speak as they cross back and forth between worlds. Sounding too posh for your family can get tricky.