Wed, Aug 25, 2010
A new poll from a gift company in the UK has come up with a list of the top 20 ways to say “thank you” in England… and “thank you” is last.
Apparently, Brits think that “thank you” sounds too formal, so they’ve replaced the term with less formal alternatives.
Here are the top 20 ways to say “thank you” in the UK:
Almost half of Brits say they use this term the most. And here we were thinking they only said “cheers” when making a toast. Makes sense: Cheers is a much better name for a TV show than Thank You. We can’t imagine people rushing home to catch the next episode of Thank You.
This is just laziness coming through. In this fast-paced, efficient world of ours, we guess it’s just too much effort for the modern Brit to say “tata!” Hmm, now that we think about it, that term could be taken the wrong way if you’re around a busty woman. In any event, when the hell did “ta” stop meaning “bye” and start meaning “thank you”? You’ve already got the “T” and the “A”, just add a few more letters and you’ve got thanks. Is it really that hard?
3. That’s great
Huh? “That’s great” is a statement, not a term to show gratitude. Like when a kid shows you a terrible piece of art work he just made, you say “that’s great” to placate him. If we open the door for someone and all they say is “that’s great,” we’ll think they’re just being an ungrateful jerk. Open door. “That’s great.” “Yeah, I know it’s great, now say ‘thank you’ and quit being a jerk.”
So if I give a Brit a gift and all he says is “cool,” I’m not supposed to be annoyed? “Well, duh it’s cool, I picked this gift out specifically for its coolness. Now say ‘thank you’ and show your appreciation for just how cool it is.”
If something’s OK, it’s not great or cool, it’s just OK. OK is a synonym for mediocre, like: “How was the movie?” “OK.” If “OK” is interchangeable with “thank you,” then how the hell does that previous exchange make any sense?
Now we’re getting somewhere. At least this is complimentary. Though I’m sure that whatever was deserving of a “thank you” wasn’t on the same level of brilliance as Albert Einstein, but at least the over-exaggeration shows gratitude.
Quintessentially British. We can get behind this.
8. Nice one
9. Much appreciated
And definitely this.
10. You star
Might be coming across a little strong there, but sure, we’ll take it.
11. All right
This is the same as OK. It sounds more unappreciative than grateful.
“That’s a nice shirt you’re wearing.” “Fab!” Riiight… will they break out into a disco dance after saying that?
Since when did surfers live in England?
Wait, they’ll say the French word for “thank you” but not the English word?
Are you serious?
Oh, come on! They’ll say “thank you” in three different languages before they say it in English!? What the hell? We’ve never once said “merci” to someone in America. That wouldn’t even make sense. We’d just expect an ass-kicking if we did that.
So Big Gay Al’s slang is more popular than “thank you”?
20. Thank you
RIP “Thank you.” You will be missed. Not even your step brother “thanks” made the list.