‘Cheers’ replaces ‘thank you’ as most popular way to show gratitude

Cheers is seen as a more casual way to say thanks

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

'Cheers' has overtaken the more formal 'thank you' as a way to show appreciation, a new survey suggests.

Research showed that one in five people believe saying thank you sounds too formal, and are instead opting for more contemporary terms such as 'cheers', 'awesome' or 'sorted'.

Experts believe 'cheers' originated from the old French word chiere which meant face or head.

By the 18th century it meant 'gladness' and was used as a way of expressing encouragement.

Brits are also reaching back to their high school language studies, utilising 'gracias', 'merci' or 'danke'.

Other popular phrases include 'lifesaver', 'fab' and 'much obliged'.

Overall, 73 per cent of Brits feel as a nation they should be a little more thankful and do more to show gratitude for hard work, kindness and acts of generosity.

More than half said a nod or other gesture is enough to show their gratitude.

The survey - commissioned by Lottoland - revealed which scenarios are most likely to elicit a 'cheers', 'gracias' or even 'thank you'.

According to the research, Brits are most likely to show their thanks when given a present, or when someone holds open a door.

Other popular scenarios included being bought a drink, being given change and being told they look nice.

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