There Are 7 Words You Should Never Say In Front Of Queen Elizabeth II

There Are 7 Words You Should Never Say In Front Of Queen Elizabeth II

It goes without saying that in front of the Queen of England, everyone is supposed to keep calm and use proper vocabulary. But just in case, the authorities have drawn up a list of words that are strictly forbidden to use in front of the the Queen. And they're probably not what you think!

When one is told not to say certain words, it's probably because they're vulgar. But not always so. These prohibited words couldn't be more normal, but don't show propriety according to the Royal Family.

For example, the word "pardon" is forbidden. You have to use "excuse me" or "sorry". One would wonder which context would ever require the use of the word "toilet" in front of the Queen, but this is also prohibited because it is of French origin; it's necessary to use its synonym: "loo". Also, when one speaks with the Queen, one doesn't say "perfume" but "scent". And one doesn't use the word "tea" for the evening meal but the words "dinner" or "supper".

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After having "dinner" or "supper", you will probably go through your "living room", another word that the Queen doesn't want to hear. Around her it should be called the "drawing room", literally "the room where we retire", because that's where we settle after having dinner.

Children also have to comply with the protocol. The words "mum" and "dad" are forbidden, so Charles and Harry must call their mother "mummy"...and nothing else!

• Sophie West
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