manner born

to the manner born

Coming naturally, as if accustomed from birth. She grew up in poverty, but since she became famous she has taken to rubbing shoulders with the upper crust as if to the manner born.
See also: born, manner

manner born

Familiar with such things. The phrase comes from Hamlet: “But to my mind, though I am native here. And to the manner born, it is a custom / More honour'd in the breach than the observance.” The widespread confusion between “manner and “manor” has been going on for at least two centuries. “To the manor born,” in the sense of accustomed to luxury as if raised in an aristocratic environment, was used as the title of a British sitcom that achieved some popularity on American public television.
See also: born, manner
References in classic literature ?
The Greystoke town house quite took Meriem's breath away; but when strangers were about none might guess that she had not been to the manner born.
Gliddon- and you, Silk -- who have travelled and resided in Egypt until one might imagine you to the manner born -- you, I say who have been so much among us that you speak Egyptian fully as well, I think, as you write your mother tongue -- you, whom I have always been led to regard as the firm friend of the mummies -- I really did anticipate more gentlemanly conduct from you.
Billy stepped gingerly behind, and though it never entered his mind to ape to the manner born, he succeeded in escaping conspicuous awkwardness, even at the table where he and Saxon had the unique experience of being waited on in a private house by a servant.
7who THE title of the BBC sitcom, To The Manor Born, starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles as the aristocratic Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton and businessman Richard DeVere, comes from Hamlet and is a version of a speech when he talks about life in the Danish court following the recent death of his royal father saying: "But to my mind, though I am native here/ And to the manner born, it is a custom/More honor'd in the breach than the observance.
He says: "But to my mind, though I am native here/ And to the manner born, it is a custom/ More honor'd in the breach than the observance.
Like Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow is to the show biz manor and manner born, with both of her parents (Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow) busy for decades in the biz.
Everyone is so in your face and unctuous as if you were the first rainfall after a drought and the check in clerk is so sugary polite and courteous that people like me who are not to the manner born keep looking over their shoulder to see who the man is talking to, it cannot be you and the bellhop leads you the elevator like you were royalty and you think how much do I give him, what is the least I can get away with to avoid that supercilious sneer and then you pad down these thick-carpeted corridors and you put your key in and sure enough it comes red, not green and you have trek all the way back because no hotel has yet worked out a way to save guests this ridiculously annoying trip.
Is the expression to the manner born or to the manor born?
Similarly Costa Rica and Japan: "The Japanese, cramped in those little rooms, eating beautiful but minimalist fish and rice dishes out of small bowls, are going to be confused by the wide open spaces of a football pitch, while the Costa Ricans taking a break from herding their cattle over the plains (I have no idea if any of that goes on in Costa Rica) will merely dismount, shed their chaps, and take to it as to the manner born.
Far too elegantly dressed for her surroundings, pretending to be to the manner born, she quickly makes the moment all about herself, even offering to re-enter the premises so the camera crew can capture her arrival in all its low-rent splendor.
Aflame with both passion and piety, she was Tosca to the manner born.
Sheridan rose and said: "I'm obliged, m'Lord" as to the manner born.
But ever since its revival of Les Patineurs in 1946, ABT has had a special relationship with Ashton choreography, always dancing it to the manner born.
But after one fencing lesson and a few words about chivalric duty from the father he never knew, a Crusader knight named Godfrey (Liam Neeson, very good), Balian not only becomes a formidable fighter, he understands land management and military strategy as only someone to the manner born could.