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  • I hate to dampen the sunny mood, but there’s another less positive use of ‘royal’, shown in sense 2 in the dictionary. This appears in sentences like these from our corpus:
    -Of course, owning a car in London is a royal pain.
    -Getting a home PV system grid connected is a royal pain and can cost a significant proportion of the total cost.
    -Entering your phone numbers manually is a right royal pain in the neck.
    This shows up even more clearly with the adverb: you can be royally entertained or looked after – but also ‘royally screwed’, ‘royally abused’, ‘royally shafted’, and ‘royally soaked’.
    Don’t ask me why!

  • Perhaps choosing George for a first name will inspire our Georges to take an interest in English!

    Hopefully the Royal baby ‘mania’ will take a more normal turn in the future.

    Best,

    Alison

  • Hello Michael Rundell – by reading the sentences you extraced from the dictionary it seems that “royally” works as a synonim for “highly”, “mighty”, “totally”. I did not search around but I thought of an hypothesis: it borrows from the idea of the “highness” treatment given to royal people. The concept, therefore, would be that everything “Her Highness” does is “high” or “mighty” (see, for example, “royal pain”). Hence if, say, a peasant was abused by “His highness” he was “highly” abused indeed. The adverb “royally” is the one who can sum up all of these nuances into a single word… what do you think?