(Photo HT to Kathy Benjamin at MentalFloss.com)
We just found out about this “rule” a few years ago. Perhaps it was due to the fact that most of our life had been spent in desert country, where we knew enough to wear white whenever possible. It’s cooler.
Benjamin gives a nice history of the custom. We were struck by her comment that:
“While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, our best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800s and early 1900s.”
She goes on to acknowledge that the rule is no longer ironclad, but we (IFO) are much more traditional in our habits, so we observe it. Besides, it makes it easier to decide what to wear.
There are many other articles on this clothing issue, as you will find if you search the web with the term: “wearing white.” For example: http://womens-fashion.lovetoknow.com/Rules_for_Wearing_White
But enough of this. Our real topic for today is use of the plural pronoun when referring to ourselves. We had an interesting email exchange on just this subject this morning:
–You keep talking about “we” – who is “we” – smile.That’s my snooty way of referring to myself. IFO = ‘we’Not sure, but I think Wm. F. Buckley used to do that in National Review. Some call it “the royal ‘we,'” as in the Queen’s comment, “We are not amused.” Can’t remember which queen said that, but we love it!
Wikiquote says it may have been Queen Victoria:
An interview with Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone in 1976 states that the Princess asked her grandmother about this quotation and that Victoria said that she had never said the famous phrase (see the clip at 5:56 in this video, from the 2001 BBC program Reel Victorians: Nineties Girls; the clip is from an interview that originally aired in the 1977 BBC program Royal Heritage: Victoria, Queen and Empress – The Princess Alice Interview).
Watch that linked video clip, BTW. It is darling. We loved it.