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Thanks but No Thanks: 19 Ways Brits Don't Say Thank You

Most of the always-polite Brits now only use "thank you" as a last resort when expressing gratitude, and "cheers" has become the preferred way to say thanks.

Forty percent of British people polled said "thank you" sounds too formal — isn't that why there's "thanks"? — and would rather dole out praise with terms like "brilliant," "lovely," and, apparently, "you star 11, all right."

Get the 19 most popular ways below.

  • Cheers
  • Ta
  • That's great
  • Cool
  • OK
  • Brilliant
  • Lovely
  • Nice one
  • Much appreciated
  • You star 11. All right
  • Fab
  • Awesome
  • Wicked
  • Merci
  • Danke
  • Gracias
  • Super
  • Ace

I was going to ask what you preferred, but some of these are just too much. What's the last way you'd want to be thanked?

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
If someone said "OK" instead of thank you, I'd want to slap them. I say thank you a lot. It's the "you're welcome" part I have trouble with. That seems overly formal to me.. when I say it, I always feel like I'm acting like I did the person a giant favor. I say "yup yup" or "no problem" most of the time. I probably should stop that though.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
If someone said "OK" instead of thank you, I'd want to slap them. I say thank you a lot. It's the "you're welcome" part I have trouble with. That seems overly formal to me.. when I say it, I always feel like I'm acting like I did the person a giant favor. I say "yup yup" or "no problem" most of the time. I probably should stop that though.
yeokr yeokr 5 years
it looks like "you star" was #10 and #11 ("all right") just ended up at the end of line 10 instead of between #s 10 and 12..
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Melissa! Hahaha! Great find :rotfl:
stephley stephley 5 years
That's too funny Melissa!
stephley stephley 5 years
That's too funny Melissa!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
^ I'm an American and I say "danke" a lot of the time too! And "gracias", "grazie", and "merci". However, I usually just say, "Thanks a bunch!"
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
danke* haha I can say it but not spell it!
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I'm American and always say 'Danka' too-and if anyone knows German they respond with 'Bitte!' Love 'brilliant' too
dreejay dreejay 5 years
I've never head of "you star 11" and I live near Britain. I'm always hearing "you're a star" though. The others I've heard!
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Ah! So that's why the British fire dispatcher always says "Cheers!" when he gets off the phone with me. I love it.I think I'd shoot coffee out my nose if I heard "Gracias" from a British person.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Ah! So that's why the British fire dispatcher always says "Cheers!" when he gets off the phone with me. I love it. I think I'd shoot coffee out my nose if I heard "Gracias" from a British person.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
I work with a lot of Brits and I love it when they say "brilliant" (which is a lot). I've tried to say it a few times, but I feel like I sound so silly.
stephley stephley 5 years
Postmodern, I don't like when people respond with 'no biggie' - sounds too much like 'whatever'.I always like it when a Brit friend gives me a 'brilliant' for something like offering to pick up milk on the way over.
stephley stephley 5 years
Postmodern, I don't like when people respond with 'no biggie' - sounds too much like 'whatever'. I always like it when a Brit friend gives me a 'brilliant' for something like offering to pick up milk on the way over.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
A little off-topic, but the only way I don't like being "you're welcomed" is an "uh-huh." I think it sounds so rude.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I don't really see the big deal. Any thanks is better than no thanks. Thank. It is a weird word.
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