Do you use the word tea to describe your evening meal instead of dinner?
Well, we are sorry to be the bearer of bad (and surely shocking) news – a royal you are not. That is, according to social anthropologist and author Kate Fox.
The British author of Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour has revealed the words that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would never use. And “tea” is one of them.
While we’re emulating royals, here’s how you parent like one. (Post continues after podcast)
While we find some of these class-indicators compiled by Diply strange, others are hard to argue with. And what would we commoners know anyway?
So next time you’re having a dinner party and don’t want to give away your working class origins, remember to avoid these words.
1. Mum and dad.
While we stopped calling our parents ‘mummy and daddy’ as children, they are the only terms royals use, apparently. Don’t believe us? Then you didn’t hear Prince Charles’ tribute to his ‘mummy’ the Queen at a celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
What? You thought it was more polite to say ‘pardon’? No, apparently ‘pardon’ is a curse word in royal circles. You’re much better off asking ‘sorry?’ or even ‘sorry, what?’
To most people it’s a ‘portion’ of food, to the upper-class it’s a ‘helping’. So when the royals diet, we assume they keep an eye on their helping sizes.
Fox says because of the word toilet’s French origin, it is avoided. The word ‘loo’ or ‘lavatory’ is used instead. Somehow we really can’t image the Queen saying she’s off to the loo, but maybe that’s just because we can’t imagine the Queen talking about going to the bathroom at all.
Don’t compliment someone on their lovely perfume, describe it as their scent. You won’t sound creepy at all. We promise.