Queen's English

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Queen'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.
    • 1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts" in New Arabian Nights:
      But I am not so timid, and can speak the Queen's English plainly.
    • 1913, E. Phillips Oppenheim, The Double Life Of Mr. Alfred Burton, ch. 22:
      He murdered the Queen's English every time he spoke.
    • 2006, Jeanette Catsoulis, "Movie Review: On a Clear Day (2005)," New York Times, 7 April. (retrieved 15 Aug. 2010):
      In the movies, bankable Brits fall into one of two categories: those who live in stately homes and possess a firm grasp of the Queen's English, and those who live in cottages or tenements and possess accents thick enough to caulk boats.

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