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?
- Anonymous4 weeks agoFavorite Answer
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 HLv 74 weeks ago
Equally erroneously, it is often referred to as Oxford English.
- CloLv 74 weeks ago
Monarchs have held power longer than any prime minister. Historically, it is a monarch who has helped develop the language and the arts.
- CogitoLv 74 weeks ago
* than. more powerful THAN.
Most Prime Ministers don't speak correct English.
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- 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵Lv 74 weeks ago
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.
- MercuryLv 74 weeks ago
Perhaps to do not know the Queen is Head of State of 16 countries
- Virtual_cleoLv 74 weeks 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?
- RicoLv 54 weeks ago
Because the British Prime Minister is only PM of one English speaking country.
The Queen is Monarch of 16 English speaking countries
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 74 weeks 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.
- 4 weeks ago
He might be more politically powerful, but it is an expression that has been used since before there were prime ministers.