In Elegant Conversation

I was working, when someone used the phrase, speak in elegant conversation, making me take pause.

What a lovely concept, I thought, to speak elegantly.  Made me think of rubies and pearls, Paris  and Grace Kelly …the Chrysler Building   and crystal chandeliers at an old hotel.

I pictured Noel Coward holding court, Fred Astaire tapping in a tux while Duke Ellington graced the bandstand,  single bud boutonnieres, winking from their custom-made dinner jackets, watching Ava Gardner swoon down a staircase.

You don’t hear snippets of elegant conversation as a rule, since most people speak in slang, mumble, and more or less butcher the English language.

How wonderful it would be if we all started to speak in Austenese, using words like, felicity and discourse, loveliest and amiable…and the added phrase…I am very pleased to make your acquaintance.

Elegant…appealingly graceful and stylish in appearance and manner…

and apparently, in conversation.

Who knew.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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32 Responses to In Elegant Conversation

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    I, too, yearn for the elegant conversation of times gone by. What a lovely phrase.
    There are two t-shirts I’d like to get. The back of one says ‘I am silently correctly your grammar.’ The other says ‘Their, there, they’re not the same.’

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  2. Life would be grand with a daily dose of elegant conversation from adults who are not wearing pajamas outside of the bedroom. My heart is swelling at the thought of it all.
    Meanwhile, in reality, I have to deal with the likes of “can’t you hire a phone answerer person?”

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  3. I can’t remember the last time I was in “elegant company”. 🙂 I like the picture you paint of it though, a Hollywood Golden Age sort of scenario.

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  4. micklively says:

    Elegant is good. Being tall helps. It’s difficult to be elegant and dumpy. 😉

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  5. I’d be happy without the blunt edge some people use to cut their words. I was talking to a friend about a mutual friend who is not fun to be around. It’s all in the delivery and his deliveryman needs lesson.

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  6. I love Keira Knightley in “Price and Prejudice”, though I did stumble through the book in college. It was so much better than “Mill on the Floss”, but I digress.
    Elegant conversation, as in Austen, would, um, have me making people repeat themselves. I would enjoy listening, but would not understand it for a long time. Kinda like the Shakespearean I hear/spoke/understood in college flex class when, for 4 weeks, that’s all I heard from 9-12 and read all evening from a professor who got his doctorate at Oxford in Shakespeare. Wow, that was interesting.


  7. Do blog posts count? or does elegant conversation have to be oral? We writers choose our words a bit more carefully than people would in line at Walmart.


  8. Gail Kaufman says:

    When I read the classics, I am fascinated with the dialogue even between people who are intimate. Such a refreshing change from a world of tweets, sound bites and expletives constantly in our face.


  9. The refinement of this post brought me bliss. Thank you for the smile upon my face and in my heart.

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