Originally Posted by RSS
The best thing about being my age is that I was a 'Gent' long before there was an 'i' .... before the 'i' was even a twinkle in Gore's eye.
Wikipedia includes the following in its description of a gentleman:
"In its best use, moreover, gentleman involves a certain superior standard of conduct, due, to quote the 8th edition once more, to "that self-respect and intellectual refinement which manifest themselves in unrestrained yet delicate manners." The word gentle, originally implying a certain social status, had very early come to be associated with the standard of manners expected from that status. Thus, by a sort of punning process, the "gentleman" becomes a "gentle-man"."
The characterization of iGent seems to lose much of this grace