The Queen's English vs. Queens English
Taken from "Metropolitan Diary" by Ron Alexander
NY TIMES Wednesday, December 3, 1997; page B3
An illustration of translation difficulties between the Queen's
English and Queens English.
THE SCENE: 51st Street/Lexington Avenue subway station, a recent
evening rush hour. The escalator down to the E/F platform
is broken, causing a huge backup into the corridor from
The crowd, about 10 people across, stretches to about
THE PLAYERS: A young British couple and a New York City police
BRITISH GENT, gazing incredulously and gesturing towards line:
"Is this the queue?"
OFFICER: "The Q? No, it's the E/F. For the Q, you got to go to