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Crass referred to financial attitudes... a person was crass if they discussed money or one’s finances. Is this currently in use?

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    It's the same meaning but manners are not really on topic here. (Sorry, not my rule). – Lambie May 3 '18 at 17:42
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    @Lambie perhaps this question could be considered a question about English language usage? Given that's what the U in ELU stands for, I think it's on-topic. – JJ for Transparency and Monica May 3 '18 at 21:40
  • StLouisa - could you please narrow it down to US English vs. UK English, and give us some context? Do you want the listener/reader to assume you're referring to someone or something as crass because of the money aspect? I mean, to me, there are a variety of ways of being crass. Is that okay with you? – aparente001 May 4 '18 at 13:02
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Not unheard of, but there are many people who wouldn't know what it meant, depending on education.

  • Please add some sources to support your answer. – JJ for Transparency and Monica May 3 '18 at 17:59
  • Just going off personal experience, having many less educated friends and acquaintances in England. – Ben McGah May 3 '18 at 18:01
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Yes, it is still and currently in use.

A cursory Google inquiry specifying "crass" within digitally published news articles, limited to the last 30 days shows an accurate usage of 10-12 examples, though this might be skewed given some recent US events.

  • None of the first page involves comments about a person's finances. There are crass claims, crass motives and others. – Lambie May 3 '18 at 22:11
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crass TFD

So crude and unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility.

It can be used to describe many behaviors and subjects. This American article Why Talking Openly About Money Is Crucial, Not Crass discusses its use. I anecdotally do remembers my 'elders' calling discussing money, religion, and heavens forbid anything about sex crass. I do not hear such these days.

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    @curiousdannii - I don't think there's a foregone conclusion that this particular question will be closed as being off topic. But at any rate, I think a more tactful comment that explains the guidance more thoroughly would be more likely to change a participant's way of interacting with the site. – aparente001 May 4 '18 at 13:09

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