Perhaps nowhere in the world is the manner of speaking so closely associated with one’s class origin as in the United Kingdom, and in addition to long amusing the masses, the way Britons and especially the British royalty talks has also been the subject of extensive scientific research.
According to Kate Fox, a social anthropologist who has authored the book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior, a slip of the tongue of a Briton might reveal more than it would among other nationalities – for example not-so-noble origins. That is why what the royal family is and isn’t allow to say has always been carefully tailored.
Fox studied the ins and outs of British elites to reveal a particular set of quirks, with a few phrases being literally blacklisted.
Etiquette expert Myka Meier advises heading to the “lavatory” instead when it’s time to go. The Duchess would never excuse herself to the “toilet,” “bathroom” or even “ladies.” When’s Borat visiting the House of Windsor?
If Prince William missed what you said, he’d interject with a “what?” Despite sounding polite, words such as “sorry” and “pardon” do not find themselves in the vocabulary of the upper class.
Queen Elizabeth can spend a lazy day on the “sofa,” but never on a “settee” or “couch.”
4. Living Room
The Buckingham Palace has “drawing rooms” and “sitting rooms,” but not “lounges,” “dens” or plain “living rooms.”
Believe it or not, the Daily Mail reported that during Elizabeth the Second’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, Prince Charles referred to the Queen as “Mummy”. That makes Prince Philip “Daddy,” of course, despite how bizarre you might find that.
Diana, Princess of Wales, loved to wear a signature “scent” (Quelques Fleurs, to be exact) but she would never use the word “perfume.”
If Prince George and Princess Charlotte want to go outside, their parents would take them to the “terrace,” not a “patio.”
The posh Britons do not really appreciate the word “posh.” “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.” Brrr, how classy.