Nouveau Riche


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Nouveau Riche

A person or class of person who acquired wealth themselves, or at least in recent family history. The term can have a slightly negative connotation because, stereotypically, nouveau riche do not abide by social norms usually associated with the upper class. However, in the late 20th century, the term became respectable because it became indicative of personal success.
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The nouveau riche need to be anchored in heavy houses; never in wood, always in stone.
Old money has historically distanced itself from the nouveau riche by forming impenetrable clubs, but since Manchester United are already a club, I don't suppose that would work.
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So Murchison decided to capitalize on his city's great tappable resource: the nervous nouveau riche.