Chinless wonder


Chinless wonder

Chinless wonder is a derogatory term for an upper-class (or sometimes middle-class) person, often a Brit, frequently one who gained his position via nepotism or other social connections, not through his own competence. The term is derived from the characteristic recessive chin of some rich people, which is thought to be caused by inbreeding, traditionally common among the upper-classes, although a person need not be literally 'chinless' to be described as a chinless wonder. The 'wonder' part of the term is often replaced with an offensive word to greaten the insult.

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