While Royalty has lots of privileges, it is also true that they need to follow a whole bunch of rules and restrictions that are often quite weird. For instance, once Kate Middleton ditched her middle class for the blue bloods she had also to say good-bye to a great variety of words. Yes, you heard that right, British Royal Family is not allowed (or just won’t) use certain words. Kate Fox, an anthropologist, says that using some words marks you as a ‘commoner’ so they are just excluded from the Royal vocabulary. Here are 13 words that are on Kate Middleton’s black list.
Most people think it’s quite an elegant word, but in fact it’s vice versa. The Royal family would never use ‘pardon’ as it is derived from French and sounds like a poor commoner’s attempt to talk a more refined language. Instead, Royals say ‘sorry’ and ‘what’ or sometimes both as in ‘what – sorry?’ and ‘sorry – what?’
Obviously words with French origins are a no-no. The word ‘toilet’ is also prohibited because of its ‘commonness’. It is also considered middle-class to use words like ‘bathroom’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Gents’, ‘facilities’ and even ‘convenience’. Instead, Royals prefer the words ‘lavatory’ and ‘loo’.
Mom and Dad
While we, mere mortals, call our parents ‘Mom and Dad’, Royals have to be a bit more elaborate. They actually call their parents ‘Mummy and Daddy’, which is incredibly cute if you want our opinion. Prince Charles demonstrated this endearing habit in his speech to the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It’s amazing to hear this from a 64-year-old man!
Your Mom would wear perfume, but Mummy wears only ‘scent’!