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Specific Royal Vocabulary

Living like royalty is no easy task. Besides courtesies and fancy hats, the upper echelons of British society adopt a very specific vocabulary – a secret code, if you will. Kate Fox, a social anthropologist and author of Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior. She studied the ins and outs of British elites to reveal a particular set of quirks, with a few phrases standing out as dead giveaways. For instance, “toilet”… when it’s time to go, head to the “lavatory. “Couch”… Queen Elizabeth can spend a lazy day on the “sofa,” but HRH wouldn’t be caught dead on a “settee” or “couch”. “Living Room”… as for rooms with a sofa, Buckingham Palace likely includes “drawing rooms” and “sitting rooms,” but not “lounges,” “dens” or comfy, ol’ “living rooms”. “Dad”… your average Brit calls their parents “mum” and “dad.” But like any self-respecting royal, Prince Charles referred to the Queen as “Mummy” (and Prince Philip “Daddy,” of course). Oddly enough, “pardon”. Words such as “sorry” and “pardon” don’t see much use among the upper class, no matter how polite they sound. And “Posh”… the correct upper-class word is ‘smart”. In upper-middle and upper-class circles, ‘posh’ can only be used ironically, in a humorous situation to show that you know it’s a low-class word.(Source: msm.com)

The Complete List:

If you’d ever like to mingle with the cream of English society, avoid these eight words and you’ll be worthy of an audience with the Queen.
1. Toilet
When it’s time to go, head to the “lavatory,” advises royal etiquette expert Myka Meier. The Duchess would never excuse herself to the “toilet,” “bathroom” or even “ladies.”

2. Pardon
If Prince William missed what you said, he’d interject with a “what?” Words such as “sorry” and “pardon” don’t see much use among the upper class, no matter how polite they sound.

3. Couch
Queen Elizabeth can spend a lazy day on the “sofa,” but HRH wouldn’t be caught dead on a “settee” or “couch.”

4. Living Room
As for rooms with a sofa, Buckingham Palace likely includes “drawing rooms” and “sitting rooms,” but not “lounges,” “dens” or comfy, ol’ “living rooms.”
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5. Dad
Your average Brit calls their parents “mum” and “dad.” But like any self-respecting royal, Prince Charles referred to the Queen as “Mummy” during her Diamond Jubilee celebration, the Daily Mail reports. That makes Prince Philip “Daddy,” of course.

6. Perfume
Diana, Princess of Wales, loved to wear a signature “scent” (Quelques Fleurs, to be exact) but she didn’t dab on “perfume.”

7. Patio
If Prince George and Princess Charlotte want to go outside, their parents would take them to the “terrace,” not a “patio.”

8. Posh
If learning all of these subtleties makes you feel “posh,” stop right there. “The correct upper-class word is ‘smart,'” Fox says. “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.” Right, we totally knew that.

(Source: msm.com;Image Courtesy of amazon.com)

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