Living: Lord Yank

Debrett's ranks the U.S.

"Aristocrat," as used by Americans about Americans, may be the most abused word in American English. This could be the main dilemma facing the redoubtable chronicler of Britain's titled nobility, Debrett's Peerage, which has set out to publish a ten-volume series on the American aristocracy. Debrett's editor, Martin Stansfeld, an untitled Scot who attended Eton and Oxford and whose family "goes back to the Normans," explains that the series will concentrate on "the glittering star system of America's social leadership."

In the case of the first volume, Debrett's Texas...

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