At least part of a speech by the Duke of Sussex begs for correction.

Far be it from me, as a loyal subject of the Duke of Sussex's grandmother, to criticize the English of a member of the British Royal Family, but torture of the Queen's English cannot go unanswered. All the more so because it is posted on a page.

You have inspired William and me, and, looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone. You have created an incredible body of work that has made, and will continue to make, [such] a huge difference to [so] many people's lives.

  • "William and me" is the object of "inspired".
  • The parenthetical comma after "today" needs a partner, or is superfluous.
  • The expression "body of work that has" is meaningless.
  • The parenthetical comma after "has (made)" needs a partner.
  • The words "such" and "so" are padding.

We trust that Her Majesty will look kindly on her young grandson's errors, but PLEASE clean up the royal site ;)


The above passage is reproduced here for educational purposes.

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Comment by MARY on August 11, 2018 at 14:17

hahhahhaha @rys, we're the founders of a new English dialect. The Neo-ECnglish XD

Comment by Janeth on August 9, 2018 at 4:39

Thank you Mr. Essberger! It is comforting to know that even natives speakers with such a high education make mistakes in their own language.

That encourages us to keep learning this precious -but not easy- language; however, it is a pity that educated people do not give importance to spelling and grammar nowadays.

This blog made me think of my own language: knowing our native language is knowing our roots and culture and we convey this to others.

Thanks for recalling us the importance of taking care of language. You have inspired many people and me through your words!

Have a great day!

Comment by Joe Essberger on August 8, 2018 at 11:44

Excellent point, Tam

Comment by Tam on August 8, 2018 at 7:03

I have learned that I should not be afraid of making mistakes of English from this, because even the Britain’s Prince makes mistakes of English.

Comment by Joe Essberger on August 8, 2018 at 6:22

Hahaha Olga. Nice points. And I think I heard that the UK government had cut the Royal Family's proofreading allowance. It's so difficult being trendy ;)

Comment by Rosemary :) on August 7, 2018 at 17:36

 A royal mistake  :)

Comment by Оlga on August 7, 2018 at 15:23

Hello,Mr. Essberger,

A very good and inspirational letter for all those who are insecure in their language and afraid to write here in MyEC, if even the representatives of the royal families write with mistakes. According to some research, many millionaires and…TaDaMm..suprise surprise, many genius people make grammar/spelling/ etc. mistakes. The same problem is often found in people of creative professions and scientists. I have read somewhere that Albert Einstein, Hans Christian Andersen, Leonardo da Vinci and many others had problems with reading and writing. Even American President George W. Bush wrote with mistakes.
So, we only have to decide for ourselves either the Duke of Sussex is a genius, a millionaire, or a scientist ))))))
Or..just as an alternative...maybe they have to pay more attention what they post for public being an example and making "such a huge difference for so many people" )))

Thank you for sharing, Mr. Essberger.

Comment by rysperski on August 7, 2018 at 12:13

Oi there, folks

   To my humble thinking, Her Majesty's grandson most evidently has been visiting the EC chatroom and is also an ardent fan of EC blogs, hence his delightful English has made a magnificent body of work. ;)

Comment by A738a on August 7, 2018 at 11:31

I couldn't resist. -_-

Comment by bet on August 7, 2018 at 11:31

But what does it mean,'off with my head'?

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