Thank you for visiting the new QES website

Do please take your time to have a good look around and see how the society may assist you and how you may take part in our activities.

 

Do you want to find out how to use the Queen's English?

Click here for a list of guides which will give you a few tips.

 

Why not become a member of the society?

Just click here to find a membership form 
or just make us a donation. Click here for details.

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Please contact our president Dr Bernard Lamb on 0208 876 0505 or by clicking here

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Contact the society's acting secretary Mike Gorman by clicking here.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Contact the membership secretary Mike Plumbe

 

Visit our 'contacts page'

for a full list of available people who may be able to assist you with your enquiry. 

 

Gareth Hardwick

 

Gareth, our Hon. Secretary who was strongly instrumental in preventing our closure in 2012, has had to stand down from his post because of ill-health.  We wish him well at this difficult time.

 

Because of this, the QES urgently needs a new Hon. Secretary.  Please contact the chairman,
Peter Barker, on 0781 0791757 
if you can help.

 

 

The Queen's English Society is neither a museum nor a preservation society. 

These are but two of the myths promulgated by our detractors.   The 'anti brigade' seemingly have no knowledge of why the QES exists and what we seek to do.  They appear to think that we believe that anyone can simply freeze the language at a given time and leave it in that state indefinitely.

The myths will be dispelled by taking a quick look at the facts.  The society's constitution may also be viewed within this website.

The QES is by nature a prescriptivist organisation, because to adopt a wholly descriptivist approach would render our existence meaningless.  Put very simply, we refuse as a nation to adopt the word 'sidewalk' when there is already a perfectly good word — pavement — nicely settled in our language.

The QES recognises and asserts the differences between conversational English, radio or TV broadcasting, formal speech-making, formal writing, casual or light hearted writing, and other registers of the language such as messages between experts using specialised terms. It insists on standards appropriate to each register: for example, it is not normally appropriate to use a minority dialect in a message intended for all Britain or the world. In short, there are many Englishes, but it is important to use the right one. 

The QES focuses on the more formal registers, where we are more prescriptive.

 

 

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