Queen Elizabeth runs a tight ship when it comes to obeying royal protocol. The royals can’t take selfies, must travel wearing a black ensemble and must stick to a strict dress code. (There are even rule on how you should address Liz.) But did you know that there are also a variety of words and phrases the family makes a point to ban from their vocabulary?
Yup—according to royal author Kate Fox, there are over a dozen terms avoided in conversation by the British Royal Family. Lucky for us, she addressed the proper ways to speak when coming in contact with members of the family in her book, Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behavior.
We’re not going to lie, some of them are pretty surprising. In addition to not being able to say the world “toilet,” the group must also avoid common terms such as “patio” and “lounge.”
So, if you plan on getting together with Her Majesty or simply just want to learn the tricks for communicating properly with the queen, keep reading for 12 words and phrases to never say to a royal.