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Question about British English

Post by Mbast1 on Tue May 16, 2017 10:00 pm

Can anyone answer this?

"When a UK person speaks of Mary I (aka Queen Mary, Mary Tudor, Bloody Mary, etc.), does one pronounce it "Mary the First", "Mary One", "Queen Mary", or would one just say "Mary", or something I haven't thought of?
Thanks…"

It came up on a research list I use.
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Mike
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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat May 20, 2017 8:54 am

Probably "Queen Mary," because we haven't had another queen regnant called Mary.

(A queen regnant is one who is queen in their own right, like both Elizabeths. A queen consort is one who is the wife of the king. You don't call someone 'Joe I' if they've been the only person to hold the title called Joe. That's why the current pope is Pope Francis, not Pope Francis I. He'd become Pope Francis I if a future pope decided to call himself Francis.)
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Post by Mbast1 on Tue May 23, 2017 3:49 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Probably "Queen Mary," because we haven't had another queen regnant called Mary.

That was actually really interesting. Thanks!
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Post by Lucy McGough Yesterday at 8:29 am

No worries! Smile
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Post by Mbast1 Yesterday at 5:20 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:No worries! Smile

I really know very little about your system of governance, at least in terms of the royalty. As an American I don't much like the idea of heredity being the thing that gets you power, but it is still an interesting system. I do appreciate both the answer and the depth.
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Post by Lucy McGough Yesterday at 9:00 pm

Thanks. If it helps, we don't understand the way you guys do things either.
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