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Brits talk posh when chatting on the dog and bone, according to research by Privilege Insurance.

More than a half of punters quizzed said they changed their accents while making calls with one in three 'fessing to making their voices sound "posher". Women are the worst offenders and almost twice as likely as men to stick a plum in their gob to talk toff.

Four in ten Londoners admitted to talking posh, while three in ten from Up North admitted to hiding their regional accents.

Said Privilege Insurance spokesman James Gore: "Surprisingly in this day and age, some people clearly still believe they are able to get a better deal in life if they have a posh accent."

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