Friday, 18 March 2011
The Prince's English
That nice (if possibly quite a lot less exciting that one might have hoped - or is that just viewing monarchy through a 21st century prism?) Prince William has been bringing good cheer to the people of Christchurch. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this is what he told them, (while donning the inevitable US-style emblazoned cap [but at least not backwards]): "There was a lot of us who were in the military were gnashing our teeth to get over here." Leaving aside the 'munted' (to use the Prince's word to describe Christchurch post-earthquake, reportedly) use of the verb 'to be', 'gnashing our teeth' is new to me in this context. 'Champing at the bit' would be more my idea of the king's English - but then neither William, nor indeed his father, is yet a king.