the King's English


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the King's English

The standard form of English, as spoken by educated people in England. (When the ruling monach in the United Kingdom is a queen, it is called "the Queen's English.") We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the King's English. As a professor, you really should speak the King's English.
See also: English

the Queen's English

The standard, "correct" form of English, as spoken by educated people in Britain. (When the ruling monarch in the United Kingdom is a king, it is called "the King's English.") We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the Queen's English. As a professor, you really should speak the Queen's English.
See also: English

(The) Queen's English

"Official" British English. He can't even speak The Queen's English! Despicable!
See also: English

the ˌKing’s/ˌQueen’s ˈEnglish

(old-fashioned or humorous) (in Britain) correct standard English: I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Can’t you speak the Queen’s English?
See also: English
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The King's English Bookshop, for example, has fared well with its online bookstore for years, and it's expanding services all the time.
Oh, how they must rue the loss of Empire, when pith-helmeted chappies in khaki shorts could insist at the crack of a rhino-whip that the natives spoke the King's English in their presence.
He also wrote The King's English and worked on the Concise Oxford Dictionary and the 'pocket' Oxford dictionaries.
I'm just a humble rodent who speaks the King's English, reads the classics, remembers everything I see and hear, and learns faster than an MIT freshman pumped up on Mountain Dew and lattes for an all-nighter.
One might refer to the horribility of forcing everyone to speak the King's English.
It should also be noted that the heroes of the novella (Washington, Listwell, and Grant) use a flawless form of the King's English, in stark contrast to the profane, grammatically incorrect slang used by the story's racist characters.
Actors who know how to make the King's English accessible to the hoi polloi without sounding like Austin Powers on a bad acid trip, baby.
Strafford's trial at Westminster, orchestrated by Protestants and Catholics from Ireland, Scottish Covenanters and the King's English opponents, highlights the importance of the interconnections between the Stuart kingdoms.
I suppose it comes with the trade-constantly noticing the silent, yet all-out, assault on the King's English.
His heroes and heroines don't whine, don't curse, and even though they're raised in the company of foul-mouthed, cockney villains, they speak the King's English.
Barbara Hoagland, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
When you enter The King's English Bookshop, you're greeted by the welcoming chime of a set of bells that hang from the door--the same bells that have hung from the door of the Sugar House store since it opened more than 35 years ago.
Since we have a way of garbling the King's English, muster has over time been misinterpreted as "mustard.
You were told to speak the King's English, to the point where you were threatened," he said.