Orwell was middle class, pretty sure said so himself.
we have adopted the ABCD catagorisation to be more granular for economic and especially marketing, because the old classifications were so blurred and irrelevant. those with property, a profession are and always were middle class, its not based off personal beliefs.
Funniest thing I heard with that classification was some twattish ex public school boys (only second and third gen wealth), who literally hated English “C2DE’s” (their language) appearing on England cricket tours in the 90’s in the West Indies.
They yearned for the pre cheap flights era when it allegedly all theirs, the ABC1’s.
I’m not joking.