10 Words That Are Banned From Usage In The British Royal Family

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10 Words That Are Banned From Usage In The British Royal Family
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The Royal Family of Britain has always been in the eye of the storm for whatever it is they end up doing. Be it Prince William, Prince Harry or even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, reporters/paparazzi from around the world are quick to pounce onto their shenanigans.

One would expect the royal Brits to be one of the most sophisticated families on the face of Earth, without question. But the constant scanner of scrutiny running over them makes even the slightest of irregularities are considered to be a big faux pas.

However, social anthropologist, Kate Fox, has studied the family to come up with a comprehensive list of the words/phrases the British royalty always refrains from using.

In addition, she has written a book called 'Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour' that reflects on the various attributes of the elites which determine the kind of words they never use. Sounds like one such sophisticated responsibility to have, doesn't it?

According to her study, the royal family strictly refrains from using the following set of words: 

1) Toilet

1) Toilet

You will never find any member of the royal family using the word 'toilet'. Instead, the royal family apparently say 'lavatory' or 'loo' instead.


Etiquette expert Myka Meier adds that the Duchess would never say 'toilet', 'bathroom' or even 'the ladies' room'. She always uses the word 'lavatory'.

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2) Pardon

2) Pardon
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During our childhood, we were all taught to say 'pardon' if we misheard something, right? It was the hallmark of a well-mannered upbringing. But not with the royalty over here.


Ironically, the British elite does not follow this rule because apparently, 'pardon' is a curse word in royal circles. Prince William and others say 'what' or 'sorry' instead. 

3) Couch

3) Couch
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The British royal family never uses the word 'couch'. Royals never lounge around a couch. They prefer calling it a 'sofa'. Uncanny, right? Well, you just gotta expect the unexpected from the high and mighty.

4) Living Room

4) Living Room
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Buckingham Palace is a sprawling estate with numerous rooms. However, none of those rooms is called a 'lounge' or a 'den'. Even 'living room' is equally frowned upon.


The royal family always refers to these rooms as 'drawing rooms' or 'sitting rooms'. As if they are actually rooms specially allotted for drawing/sitting? -who knows- 

5) Mum and Dad

5) Mum and Dad
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All the royal children usually refer to their parents as 'Mummy' and 'Daddy', never 'Mum' and 'Dad', which Prince Charles proved when he referred to his mother as 'Mummy' in a speech he gave in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

6) Perfume

6) Perfume
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Aristocracy can often be judged through a host of factors such as appearance, taste, smell or scent, etc. Princess Diana used to wear a signature scent called 'Quelques Fleurs'


She would always wear her signature 'scent' and would never refer to the smell as coming from her 'perfume'. Guess that's where the tradition started, huh? 

7) Patio

7) Patio
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Whenever the children of the Prince and Duchess want to go outside, they are taken outdoors by their busy parents to the 'terrace' and not a 'patio'


However, they are synonyms implying the same meaning but the hidden secret of William and Kate's diction lies in the sophistication of choice.

8) Posh 

8) Posh 
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Kate Fox explains how 'posh' is a word that should never be used by the royals at all. In fact, it is used in the manner of a joke by the upper classes to describe those outside of their social circles.

The royal Brits use the term 'smart' instead.


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9) Portions

9) Portions
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Describing a serving of food as a 'portion' is apparently more commonly used among the lower and middle classes. Upmarket people apparently call it a 'helping', and so do the Royals.

10) Tea

10) Tea
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It is believed that the evening meal/tea is a big indicator of the working-class's language. The royal family call this meal 'dinner' or 'supper'.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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His Royal Highness, Prince William is married to Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, with whom he has two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 


The family's official residence is Kensington Palace. Duke of Cambridge works as an Air Ambulance Pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, while the Duchess in addition to being a mother to her two small children, carries out royal duties in support of the Queen through engagements at home/overseas, alongside a portfolio of charitable work and patronages.

The British Royal Family 

The British Royal Family 
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The Royal family are the close relatives of the Queen, and from the line of succession to the British throne. Members of the Royal Family have belonged, by birth or marriage, to the House of Windsor since 1917, under the reign of George V.

Massive Buckingham Palace

Massive Buckingham Palace
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The Queen's not-so-humble abode is as palatial as you may think it would be. It is massive by any stretch of the imagination and immensely rich in terms of its history, this iconic imperial house symbolises the sophistication of the Queen.  

The Royal British Trinity

The Royal British Trinity
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From left to right: Prince Charles (Heir apparent to the throne), Queen Elizabeth II (her majesty, the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 6 February 1952), Prince William (second-in-line to the throne).

The Queen With Her Heirs Apparent

The Queen With Her Heirs Apparent
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Being a member of the royal family does not happen by chance. It is an attitude which cuts above the rest of the mortals inhabiting the planet. The British monarch family is a true example of royal grit, fashion and contemporary power. 


So, the next time when you dress up as Prince William and Kate Middleton for Halloween, make sure you refrain from using the above-mentioned ten words. Be cleverly royal and use their alternatives instead.


Source: NZ Herald
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