The business man whose speech does not rise above the quality of “I beat him to it”; “He slipped one over on me”; “They couldn’t deliver the goods,” i.e., perform their promises; who “chews the rag” about “such a business” “sounding good to him”; who believes that he “said a mouthful” when he acquiesced with an “I’ll say so,” is calculated to “jar you” and is one who is not likely to rise himself.
Likewise the woman of the “awfully nice” class, who adores lobster, wants it the worst way, but is not stuck on the place and would rather go some place else where the eats are better, might pass for a woman of refinement if she could keep her mouth shut until she had learned to say correctly what she has to say.
Vizetelly, Frank H. Litt.D.,. L.L.D. 1920. Mend Your Speech: One Thousand Hints on Words, Their Use, and Abuse. New York, NY. Funk & Wagnalls Company.