Skip to main content

You’ll never hear the royals say these 8 words!

The British Royal Family

While many of us will never have the chance to become Buckingham Palace regulars, just in case you get invited to tea with the Queen or any of their royal highnesses, perhaps you’d like to bear in mind that these royals never utter these words and phrases ….

In her book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour  , social anthropologist Kate Fox,  talked about the words England’s upper class never use:

Couch

In no way you will see a royal sitting on a couch. They lie on a sofa.

Living room

The humble living room doesn’t exist in the world of royals and elites. Rooms with sofas for them are called “drawing rooms” or “sitting rooms.” Very Jane Austen, indeed!

Mum  and Dad

While the words Mummy and Daddy sound too babyish, even Prince Charles still calls the nonagenarian Queen Elizabeth “Mummy.” How sweet.

Pardon?

Polite is neither a polite nor a socially acceptable word when you’re in royal circles. You’d be more likely to hear, “Sorry?” or “Sorry, what?”

Perfume

It may sound fancy for a commoner, but to the royals, they call it scent.

Posh

Upper class Britons think of the word posh as a little beneath their station. "The correct upper-class word is 'smart,'" Kate Fox explains. "In upper-middle and upper-class circles, 'posh' can only be used ironically, in a jokey tone, to show that you know it's a low-class word."

Toilet

Toilet, bathroom and “ladies” are never in the royals’ vocabulary. If the urge calls, ask where the “lavatory” is, instead.

So, they next time you bump in with a royal or two, you know what words to use (and not to use!). 

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

A Day in the Life of The Queen: How Queen Elizabeth II Spends Her Day

Queen Elizabeth II is a stickler for order, and so routine is a part of Her Majesty’s day-to-day life. She rises at around 8.30 am and would be greeted by a piper who plays at 9am on the terrace beneath her apartment at Buckingham Palace. When longtime attendant and confidante Margaret MacDonald was still in service, Don Coolican noted that  Bobo, as The Queen affectionately called MacDonald, would awaken her, “bringing in a cup of tea and a plate of biscuits handed over by the footman.” The Queen’s corgis are the first creatures to grace The Queen , who would also beg to be given biscuits, Coolican writes.

10 Interesting Facts About Princess Margaret of United Kingdom, Countess of Snowdon

Princess Margaret Rose was one of the most popular, albeit controversial, royals during her lifetime. She was a rather sad figure, a victim of love at an early age and a person who constantly sought affection and attention as she went on to looked for the real meaning of her life. Might as well want to learn about the colorful life of Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister? Here are 10 interesting facts about her.


1. Born on August 30, 1930, in Glamis, the family seat of her mother's family, Princess Margaret was the first member of the British Royal Family to be born in Scotland for over 300 years.



2. Her parents, the then Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) wanted to call her Anne, but her grandfather, King George V, vetoed, so they named her Margaret Rose, instead.



3. In 1936, the princess' relatively peaceful life was altered considerably when his uncle, King Edward VIII, abdicated to marry the woman he loved, the two-time American divorce…

King Edward VIII’s Financial Settlement: How Much Money Did He Get After The Abdication?

King Edward VIII leaped into financial uncertainty the moment he signed the Instrument of Abdication on December 10, 1936. That same day, Edward, now known as Duke of Windsor, entered into an agreement with his younger brother and successor, King George VI, that secured him £25,000 annually for the rest of his life. However, the King later renounced this agreement and instead offered him a smaller amount which would cease upon the King's death. The condition is that Edward should never step into British soil unless invited by government.