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Hello!

I saw on the net that Social Register is a list of polite social circles. Do you happen to know what polite here relates to- intellectual elite?

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I happen to have a pretty good online dictionnary... I think this confirms your understanding of the word 'polite' in the above context. See sense #2.

polite /pB'laNt/
adj (politer, politest)
1 said of a person or their actions, etc: well-mannered; considerate towards others; courteous.
2 well-bred, cultivated or refined o One does not pick one's nose in polite society.
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Hi Waiti,

Would it be possible that you post across the link of the online dictionary you referred to in the above post.

Below given is some more explanation on what politeness referst to courtesy cambridge dictionary.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=61266&dict=CALD
Definition

polite [Show phonetics]
adjective
1 behaving in a way that is socially correct and shows awareness of and caring for other people's feelings:
I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her.
She sent me a polite letter thanking me for my invitation.
He was too polite to point out my mistake.


2 socially correct rather than friendly:
polite conversation

3 OLD-FASHIONED OR HUMOROUS polite society/company people who have been taught how to behave in a socially correct way:
Sex never used to be discussed in polite society
Definitionpolite [Show phonetics]
adjective
1 behaving in a way that is socially correct and shows awareness of and caring for other people's feelings:
I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her.
She sent me a polite letter thanking me for my invitation.
He was too polite to point out my mistake.

2 socially correct rather than friendly:
polite conversation

3 OLD-FASHIONED OR HUMOROUS polite society/company people who have been taught how to behave in a socially correct way:
Sex never used to be discussed in polite society
Antonia - my guess would be that the "Social Register" is more concerned with families that are influential, long-established in the community, wealthy, etc.; not necessarily intellectual! Intellectuals can sometimes be social radicals, and "social register" implies, to me at least, a more conservative, traditional elite.
Thank you khoff, that changes the meaning of my sentence.
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It sure is the interlectual elite. I'm a garbage man and somebody on my route through one out and it has the hole Bush family in it with the schools they gradiated - Harvard and Yale! I couldn't find Donald Tromp or Paris Hilton who are both very well off and part of polite society but their not interlectuals so I wasnt surprized to see them not bein in it.