13 Words You’ll Never Hear the Royals Say

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.

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.”