One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the Northern counties of England’
shire, province, territory, administrative unit, sector, department, state
region, district, area, zone
1‘a county grande dame’
landowning, landed, upper-class, well born, high-born, noble-born, noble, aristocratic, patrician, titled, blue-blooded, born with a silver spoon in one's mouth
informal upper-crust, top-drawer, huntin', shootin', and fishin', tweedy, classy, posh
archaic gentle, of gentle birth
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