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The Top 20 Ways To Say “Thank You” In Britain

Wed, Aug 25, 2010

Odd News

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:

1.  Cheers
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.

2.  Ta
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.”

4.  Cool
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.”

5.  OK
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?

6.  Brilliant
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.

7.  Lovely
Quintessentially British.  We can get behind this.

8.  Nice one
And this.

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.

12. Fab
“That’s a nice shirt you’re wearing.” “Fab!”  Riiight… will they break out into a disco dance after saying that?

13. Awesome

14. Wicked
Since when did surfers live in England?

15. Merci
Wait, they’ll say the French word for “thank you” but not the English word?

16. Danke
Are you serious?

17. Gracias
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.

18. Super
So Big Gay Al’s slang is more popular than “thank you”?

19. Ace

20. Thank you
RIP “Thank you.”  You will be missed.  Not even your step brother “thanks” made the list.

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5 Responses to “The Top 20 Ways To Say “Thank You” In Britain”

  1. That is TOO funny! Love it.

  2. Ellen says:

    Errr no, we don’t. HAHAHA this is only funny cause it’s wrong.
    1.We say “cool, thanks” or “that’s great thanks!”.
    2. Saying “brilliant” isn’t like saying the thing you’ve received is brilliant, it’s saying that the person giving it to you is.
    3. We never ever ever say “lovely” or “nice one” instead of “thankyou”.
    4. We never ever ever say “Fab” EVER!
    5. Yes, we say “much appreciated”, because it IS. Saying “thankyou” over and over loses it’s effectiveness so now saying thanks is used the same way if someone passes you salt or saves your life! We need varying degrees of thanks to show here!!!
    6. The only time we say “merci” or “danke” or “gracias” is if we are deliberately being interesting. If my boss gave me a week off to do something, I wouldn’t say “danke!” I’d of course say “Thankyou”. I wouldn’t even say that’s much appreciated!
    7. Ace?! No one on the entire planet says that.
    8. “You star” is standard. You may say it’s over the top, but come on, you exaggerate too. How about “It took me forever to get there!” It didn’t literally do that though but you still use it. A person isn’t literally a star, yet we use it.

    THANKYOU! :)

  3. Jetpacker says:

    But Ellen, The Telegraph ALWAYS reports facts. Are we not to trust such a reliable and accurate tabloid news outlet!?

  4. Likeasekeedoes says:

    You don’t want to be mixing up your “ta-ta” with your “ta”! “Ta-ta” means goodbye, but “ta” is thank you. “Ta very much” is particularly grateful of course, but won’t work at all anywhere south of Yorkshire. “Ta” is also unrelated to “Tara”, which means cheerio, or goodbye, but only up north in Lancashire.

    Ta very much, Cheerio !

  5. Jetpacker says:

    And sometimes “tata” means something different all together… if ya know what we’re saying.

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    1. That is TOO funny! Love it.

    2. Ellen says:

      Errr no, we don’t. HAHAHA this is only funny cause it’s wrong.
      1.We say “cool, thanks” or “that’s great thanks!”.
      2. Saying “brilliant” isn’t like saying the thing you’ve received is brilliant, it’s saying that the person giving it to you is.
      3. We never ever ever say “lovely” or “nice one” instead of “thankyou”.
      4. We never ever ever say “Fab” EVER!
      5. Yes, we say “much appreciated”, because it IS. Saying “thankyou” over and over loses it’s effectiveness so now saying thanks is used the same way if someone passes you salt or saves your life! We need varying degrees of thanks to show here!!!
      6. The only time we say “merci” or “danke” or “gracias” is if we are deliberately being interesting. If my boss gave me a week off to do something, I wouldn’t say “danke!” I’d of course say “Thankyou”. I wouldn’t even say that’s much appreciated!
      7. Ace?! No one on the entire planet says that.
      8. “You star” is standard. You may say it’s over the top, but come on, you exaggerate too. How about “It took me forever to get there!” It didn’t literally do that though but you still use it. A person isn’t literally a star, yet we use it.

      THANKYOU! :)

    3. Jetpacker says:

      But Ellen, The Telegraph ALWAYS reports facts. Are we not to trust such a reliable and accurate tabloid news outlet!?

    4. Likeasekeedoes says:

      You don’t want to be mixing up your “ta-ta” with your “ta”! “Ta-ta” means goodbye, but “ta” is thank you. “Ta very much” is particularly grateful of course, but won’t work at all anywhere south of Yorkshire. “Ta” is also unrelated to “Tara”, which means cheerio, or goodbye, but only up north in Lancashire.

      Ta very much, Cheerio !

    5. Jetpacker says:

      And sometimes “tata” means something different all together… if ya know what we’re saying.

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