When middle-class Kate Middleton married into royalty in 2011, she had to say goodbye to a whole lot of words. That’s right: there are certain words the British Royal Family just doesn’t use.You’ll be surprised to see the words that have landed on the black list.

1. Pardon

To a Royal, “pardon” is worse than a curse word. It’s because it’s derived from French and appears to be an attempt by the middle class to be delicate and refined. Royals prefer “sorry” or “what.” Or sometimes used together, as in “Sorry – what?” or “What – sorry?”

2. Toilet

Again, “toilet” is hated because of its French origins. Royals prefer “loo” or “lavatory,” pronounced “lavuhtry” with the accent on the first syllable. It’s considered middle class to use words like “Gents,” “Ladies,” “bathroom,” “powder room,” “facilities,” and “convenience.”

3. Mom and Dad

Normal people call their parents “Mom and Dad”; royal children say “Mummy and Daddy.” Prince Charles provided an example of this at the age of 64 by addressing the Queen as “Mummy” in his speech at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

4. Perfume

Moms wear perfume. Mummies call it “scent.”

5. Dinner/Tea

Calling your evening meal “tea” is a working-class indicator: the higher echelons call this meal “dinner” or “supper.” But royals almost exclusively use “supper.” “Dinner” is a formal occasion — and never, ever a “dinner party.” BTW, they use the word “tea” only to describe the hot drink.

6. Serviette

Another French word in English. Some say “serviette” was taken up by squeamish lower-middles who found “napkin” a bit too close to “nappy,” English for “diaper.” Royal mothers get upset when their children learn to say “serviette” from well-meaning lower-class nannies.

7. Posh

If you want to “talk posh,” you’ll have to stop using the term. Royals use the word “smart.” In royal and upper-class circles, “posh” can only be used ironically in a jokey tone to show that you know it’s a low-class word.

8. Refreshments

These are served only at middle-class ­functions. Royal parties just have “food and drink.”

9. Sweet

Royals refer to the sweet course at the end of a meal as “pudding.” Asking “Does anyone want a sweet?” at the end of a meal will get you immediately classified as ­middle-class or below. “Afters” will also activate the class radar and get you demoted.

10. Lounge

Drawing room (from “withdrawing room”) is what royals use. “Sitting room” has also become acceptable. “Living room” is frowned upon, and only middle-classes and below say “lounge.”

11. Function

Lower-class people go to a “do,” while middle-classes might call it a “function.” The royals just call it a “party.”

12. Portions

Lower-middles and middle-middles eat their food in “portions.” Royals have “helpings.”

13. Patio

Non-royal people’s homes have “patios,” while royal people’s houses have “terraces.”

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