The gentleman impostor


Over the past month, we have discussed extensively what makes a man a true gentleman. It should be clear that a gentleman is not made from one or two traits or habits on their own; it is the whole spectrum of gentlemanly demeanor, interests and tastes that make the gentlest of men.


Submitted for your approval: Rod Serling – a true gentleman.


So we turn our attention today to the faux gentleman. We have all seen them, prowling the streets with their loosened ties, un-tucked shirts, denim pants and general ungentlemanly demeanor. They make outwardly fill the loosest descriptions: a collared shirt and a taste for scotch, but they lack gentlemanly integrity and courtesy.


Don’t be fooled by the tie and vest. This man is as far from being a gentleman as Johnnie Walker is from being a decent drink.


Luckily for us, there are give-away signs of a faux gentleman. I will list some of the ones that are easiest to spot so you can be on the lookout.

1.     Choice of drink. We all know that scotch is the preferred drink of a gentleman. But be ware, a true gentleman doesn’t care for the taste of blended scotch or other whiskeys when single malt is available.


You tell me who is more of the gentleman; Uncle Larry at his local discount liquor emporium on the left (drinking Chivas Regal)



or William David, Malt Master and purveyor of fine scotch at the Glenfiddich distillery.


2.     Accessories. There is no finer attire than a well tailored suit, but nothing looks worse than coupling a suit with trashy sunglasses (especially when worn atop the head) or snake-skin shoes.


Few people are less gentlemanly than Russell Crowe.


3.     Language. A faux gentleman may avoid the first, most obvious indicators that he does not have what it takes, but after a scotch or two, the true gentleman remains composed. The faux gentleman will invariably let some less than acceptable language escape and will probably start talking about football or a girl he “boned”. Very ungentlemanly indeed.


It has been determined, using state of the art technology too complex to explain here, that Sinatra never once swore.


Of course there are many more telling signs of the faux gentleman. Keep your wits about you, and you will soon be able to distinguish a true gentleman from these impostors.

May the finest Cuban cigars and Scottish scotch be reserved for you, the true gentleman.

HL Griffith