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Eight Words That The Royal Family Will Always Refrain From Using


The British royal family has long been in the public eye. Whether it is because of their elite status or simply due to the fact that they are literally the face of money, many people hold the royal family in high regard.

This means that the royal family is constantly watched and always scrutinized. This is why the royal family has a strict set of words that they refrain from using.

A social anthropologist by the name of Kate Fox has studied the family in order to determine which words and phrases have been blacklisted.

Read more to find out what these words are.

Kate recently authored a book called Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior. She examined different quirks and attributes of the elites to determine what words they refrain from using.

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Among the list of words that the royal family does not use is ‘toilet.’ The royal family always uses the word ‘lavatory’ as opposed to the toilet.

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Etiquette expert Myka Meier said that the Duchess would never say ‘toilet’, ‘bathroom’ or even ‘the ladies’ room.’ She always sticks with ‘lavatory.’

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As children, most of us are taught to say ‘pardon?’ when we mishear something rather than blurting out ‘what?’

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However, the British elite does not have to follow this rule since Prince William will interrupt with a ‘what’ rather than words such as ‘sorry’ or ‘pardon.’

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Never use the word couch. The royal family will lounge around on a sofa but never on a couch.

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The Buckingham Palace is a massive ‘house’ with numerous rooms. However, none of those rooms are called a ‘lounge’, a ‘den’ or a plain ‘living room.’

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The royal family always refers to these rooms as ‘drawing rooms’ or ‘sitting rooms.’ I wonder if they are actually rooms specifically designated for drawing and sitting?

During Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Prince Charles referred to his mother as ‘mummy’ which would make Prince Philip a ‘daddy.’ The royal children commonly refer to their parents as ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’ never ‘mom’ and ‘dad.’

Smell and scent are one of the most memorable (or forgettable) first impressions. 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.’

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Due to the massive home that is the Buckingham Palace, sometimes the children of the Prince and Duchess want to go outside. So when the busy parents decide to take them outdoors, they are going to the ‘terrace’ never a ‘patio.’


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