English translation: close to people who belong to a lower class
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English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / literature
English term or phrase:distance of the lower orders
She had heard him refer to the village kids as "oiks" and she had almost slapped him. She suspected his slow brain confused with "oik"and "oink", which was why he always snorted when he came within breathing distance of the lower orders.
How can I explain the second sentence and especially "within breathing distance of the lower orders."
Explanation: A lovely description of an upper-class snob, with very little brain, who sneers at the lower classes. This refers to the British class system with the royalty, lords and ladies at the top, the tradesmen in the middle and the manual workers at the bottom.
'Oik' is a slang word for someone uncouth or obnoxious, with bad manners, speech etc. 'Oink' is the noise a pig makes. This brainless twit doesn't know the difference between the two words.