You’ll never hear the royal family say these six words – and this is why

No one would argue with the fact the Royal family are not like the rest of us .

They live in palaces and sprawling manors. We don’t. They’re fabulously wealthy. We live in permanent fear of our card being declined.

The numerous differences also – and obviously – go far beyond the material and fiscal.

Unsurprisingly, the Royal family have a very different way of speaking.

Social anthropologist and author of Watching the English, Kate Fox, has given us a fascinating insight into the vocabulary loved by the Royals.

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Specifically, there are certain words Kate, Will, the Queen, Prince Charles and co. NEVER use – and here they are (just in case they pop round for dinner).

1. Pardon

We’d always thought ‘pardon’ was more polite than the alternatives.

Queen Elizabeth leaves the annual Easter Sunday service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle

Not being royal, however, we were wrong.

‘Pardon’, Mamamia reveals, is forbidden to use.

Instead, if you haven’t heard what the Duke of Edinburgh has just said to you, you should say ‘sorry?’ or even ‘sorry, what?’

Or simply pretend you have heard with a nod and a smile. It may be for the best.

2. Toilet

This is the loo, not the toilet

The word ‘toilet’ may be a more palatable term than ‘bog’ or ‘loo’, but it’s the latter which is used whenever a member of the House of Windsor needs to relieve themselves.

‘Toilet’ is French by origin, so is apparently avoided.

So, if you’re ever wandering the vast corridors in Buckingham Palace, desperate for a tinkle, ask the nearest footman where the LOO is.

3. Perfume

Woman Spraying Perfume
Perfume may be a less creepy word, but it’s not what the Windsors say

And how does one smell today?

Complimenting someone on how they smell is a tricky one. It’s a fine line between coming across simply as nice, or just plain creepy .

Unfortunately, the Royal’s preferred word for perfume won’t help.

The Royals don’t wear perfume. They wear scent .

Sadly, “I like your scent” will always sound creepy. Fact.

4. Tea

Malvern water in Northern Ireland, Queen
Queen Elizabeth ll has a cup of tea

According to Kate Fox, one surefire way of outing yourself as being decidedly un-royal is to refer to your evening meal as ‘tea’.

If you do want to convince her you’re blue blooded, invite the Queen around for ‘dinner’ or ‘supper’.

She probably won’t come, but at least she’ll know to which meal you’re refering.

5. Lounge

It may be a lounge to you, but that’s not what the Royals call it

The palaces have many rooms, but not one of them is a lounge, nor a living room.

This isn’t because the Royals aren’t permitted a space to watch Hollyoaks or play Cards Against Humanity.

Instead, it’s because they retire to either a ‘drawing room’ or ‘sitting room’.

6. Posh

These lot have supper, not tea


The first rule of being posh? You never refer to someone – or yourself – as being posh.

According to Kate, you’re ‘smart’.

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