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manner, to the manner born, to the manor born

The correct expression is to the manner born and not to the manor born. There is a tendency to use the mistaken or punning form manor, suggesting noble origins, rather than Shakespeare’s original word, manner.

  • It was Hamlet who said, "I am native here and to the manner born."
  • Helena entered the grand ballroom gracefully and confidently, as if to the manner born.