Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 8 months ago

Why is it called 'The Queen's English' and not 'The Prime Minister's English' when the prime minister is more powerful then the Queen?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago
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    Because The British Monarch is above the prime minister. And saying 'the prime minister's English' wouldn't sound as good as saying 'The Queen's English'. 

  • Alan H
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Equally erroneously, it is often referred to as Oxford English.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Monarchs have held power longer than any prime minister. Historically, it is a monarch who has helped develop the language and the arts.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    * than.  more powerful THAN.

    Most Prime Ministers don't speak correct English.

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  • Technically the Queen has more power than the Prime Minister, she just doesn't use it for fear that it would be taken away.

    As for English - some Prime Ministers have had very ordinary English skills and/or spoken with regional accents.

  • 8 months ago

     Perhaps to do not know the Queen is Head of State of 16 countries

  • 8 months ago

    I dunno. Why is part of a roasting chicken called the Pope’s nose? Why do mushrooms that grow in a ring grow in a “fairy” ring? Why is an American bison called a buffalo? Why isn’t an orange stick orange? 

  • Rico
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    Because the British Prime Minister is only PM of one English speaking country.

    The Queen is Monarch of 16 English speaking countries  

  • 8 months ago

    The version of English spoken by the reigning monarch is considered the proper dialect.  It's not about political power.  The queen is simply considered 'correct' about such things.

  • 8 months ago

    He might be more politically powerful, but it is an expression that has been used since before there were prime ministers. 

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