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15 surprisingly common words to avoid if you want to sound royal

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15 surprisingly common words to avoid if you want to sound royal

Tracey Furniss
Published: 6:00am, 17 May, 2021
Updated: 6:00am, 17 May, 2021
These are the strict verbal dos and don’ts that Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton will have had to pick up before entering the British royal family
The lid was lifted on the secret royal code in Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, a book by social anthropologist Kate Fox
Which words will you never, ever, hear Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the rest of the British royals utter? Surprisingly, some common English words are simply never said in high society.
  1. posh smart
  2. serviette napkins
  3. Sweet/dessert, pudding/pud
  4. a small portion of food, a small “helping” of food.
  5. refreshments will be served”, you would have to write “food and drink
  6. going to a do or function when referring to a celebratory event, but the royals would only ever go to a party.
  7. toilet loo/lavatory.
  8. While many people have patios near their house, the royals describe such concrete or stone landscaping as a terrace.
  9. Most people in Britain refer to their main room for relaxing and watching television as the living room, others would say lounge. However the royals use neither: they describe the front room as the drawing room or sitting room.
  10. When you are relaxing in the sitting room, it would most probably be on a couch or settee in most homes in Britain. But for the royals, it would be a sofa.
  11. perfume scent
  12. Usually the royals refer to the queen as Her Majesty or mother when talking about her in public. But it seems that her adult children call her mummy, not mum.
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