Thursday, October 16, 2008

Elizabeth Regina

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II :

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent
candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we
hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective

(You may look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical
duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas,
which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for
America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.
A questionnaire may be
circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following
rules are introduced with immediate effect:


The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,'
'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.
' Likewise, you will learn to spell
'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize'
will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.
' Generally, you will be
expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.
(look up


Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises
such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form
of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English.. We will let
Microsoft know on your behalf.
The Microsoft spell-checker will be
adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the
elimination of '-ize.


3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.


You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers, or therapists.
The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent.
should only be used for shooting grouse.
If you can't sort things out
without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,then you're not ready
to shoot grouse..


Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything
more dangerous than a vegetable peeler.
Although a permit will be
required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.


All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will
start driving on the left side with immediate effect.
At the same
time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit
of conversion tables.
Both roundabouts and metrication will help you
understand the British sense of humour.


The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been
calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.


8. You will learn to make real chips.
Those things you call French
fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling
potato chips are properly called crisps.
Real chips are thick cut,
fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.


The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not
actually beer at all.
Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be
referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted
provenance will be referred to as Lager.
Australian beer is also
acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation
on earth and it can only be due to the beer.
They are also part of
the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them.
American brands
will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be
sold without risk of further confusion.


Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as
good guys.
Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to
play English characters.
Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English
dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to
having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.


11. You will cease playing American football.
There is only one kind
of proper football; you call it soccer.
Those of you brave enough
will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities
to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every
twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of


12. Further, you will stop playing baseball.
It is not reasonable to
host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played
outside of America. Since only 2.
1% of you are aware there is a world
beyond your borders, your error is understandable.
You will learn
cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the
sting out of their deliveries.


13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.


14. An internal revenue agent (i.e.
tax collector) from Her Majesty's
Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all
monies due (backdated to 1776).


15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m.
with proper cups, with s
au cers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and
cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!

PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!


Barbara said...

Love it Yoli. Australia continues it's desires to be become a republic, well half of us at least.I get very cross when I have to stand in the "Aliens" queu when arriving in the UK.

FishermansDaughter said...

Said in my best posh English accent, "WELL DONE."

tangobaby said...

This is actually starting to sound reasonable, given how we've been carrying on lately.

And I love the word "colour" with the u. It's so much fancier that way.

If we do revert again to the 50 colonies, and BBC becomes the television station of the country, I'll actually consider buying a television.

redmaryjanes said...

Well, I tell you...I don't know about a Queen, but she'd be better than McCain :)
I have a degree in English and couldn't agree more with the need to clean up our language.

Keri said...

I guess there goes those twice a year trips to the dentist and the orthodontist bills for the kids! Maybe Madonna can help us all with a cool accent!

A Cuban In London said...

I don't know whether to laugh or to frown. I will laugh first and get it all off my chest, so, HAHAHA!

Now to the frown. I have got a post coming up to coincide with the US election on my thoughts and reflections about the US, a country I have never visited, but which they taught me to hate when I was growing up in Cuba.

The same message you posted here could have been delivered to the Cockneys, Scouse, Mancunians (formerly Manx), Cornish, Scots, Welsh... ad infinitum. Well, you catch my drift. It's facetious, I won't deny it, but... hmmm... Liz? Clever? Madonna... cool accent? Hmmm... :-)

Greetings from London.

A Cuban In London said...

Thanks, yoli, for popping by my blog. And do not apologise for your Spanish, it is always welcome.

I know that you had your tongue firmly in your cheek when you posted this article :-)

Have a fab weekend.

Greetings from London.

insanemommy said...

Excellent Yoli! I agree. We could use a little guidance from the Brits. They seem to have a way with words. Not guns.

Lubna said...


This was great fun.

In India, in school we learnt the only English - British English. But globalisation and a flat world has left us pretty confused. Well, to top it all, we also have Hinglish - which is Brit English as we were taught to speak it spiced with the national language - Hindi.

But here is the confusion, when trying to adjust to the US English, as taught to us now, by US Inc!

1)When a Brit is mad, we send him or her to the asylum (Well, we try to), some end up as politicians. In India, we do the same. Yet in America we find people saying they are mad! and saying so quite proudly. We are mad with the rising gas prices, mad with the bail out.. Aah angry = mad!

2) Can someone who sneaks up on people be called a sneaker? Why not don gym shoes or tennis shoes instead?

3)A rubber is what we use to erase mistakes, not to prevent mistakes


Martin said...

Oh, I'm so ready for changes like that!
I'm at your feet, my Queen!