London: Research suggests that today`s Britons are no longer capable of saying `thank you`, and would prefer to say `cheers` as a gesture of gratitude.
Forty per cent of those polled said they believed saying ``thank you`` sounds too formal, and would rather heap praise using colloquial terms like `fab`, `lovely` or `wicked`.
Almost half of those polled said they now use `cheers` more often than `thank you`, while other popular phrases include `ta`, `cool`, and `great`.
According to The Telegraph, a third said they would often just resort to a quick wave instead of saying `thank you`.
Caroline Weaver from the gift company Me to You, which conducted the poll of 3,000 people, said: "While the Great British public might feel uncomfortable saying thank you these days, they do like to show their gratitude in other ways.
"Respondents felt it didn``t matter how you thanked someone for their kind actions, as long as you did so in a friendly and polite way.
"At the end of the day everyone knows that a big smile and some form of acknowledgement is all it takes to show we are grateful."
However, despite the trend towards more informal language, two thirds of people described Britain as a "rude" nation and 84 per cent think people should make more of an effort to show appreciation.