Cockney girl taught by professor to imitate aristocracy. [Br. Lit.: Pygmalion]
Cockney flower girl transformed from guttersnipe to lady via better English. [Br. Lit.: Pygmalion]
See: Diction, Faulty
slum girl taught by professor to imitate upper class. [Br. Lit.: Pygmalion]
Cockney flower-girl, trained by a professor, gains admission to polite society. [Br. Drama: G. B. Shaw Pygmalion; Am. Musical: My Fair Lady in On Stage, 373]
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