King's English

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King's English ‎(uncountable)

  1. (often preceded by the) Especially in England, spoken or written English which is standard, characterised by grammatical correctness, proper usage of words and expressions, and (when spoken) formal British pronunciation.
    • 1823, James Fenimore Cooper, The Pioneers, ch. 13:
      "Spake it out, man," exclaimed the landlady; "spake it out in king's English; what for should ye be talking Indian in a room full of Christian folks?"
    • 1921, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Efficiency Expert, ch. 14:
      I venture to say that in a fifteen-minute conversation he would commit more horrible crimes against the king's English than even that new stable-boy of yours.
    • 2006, James Gleick, "Cyber-Neologoliferation," New York Times, 5 Nov. (retrieved 15 Aug. 2010):
      The O.E.D. is unlike any other dictionary. . . . It wants every word, all the lingo: idioms and euphemisms, sacred or profane, dead or alive, the King’s English or the street’s.

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