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How often do you say thanks or thank you when someone does something for you? I was very surprised to learn that the British seem to be better than most when it comes to acknowledging thanks (I always though Italian and Spanish-speaking people to be more polite). In Nepal however, (and maybe India too), I notice that thanks is rarely ever said at all.
However “This doesn’t mean that people are universally rude, nor that speakers of English are less rude than speakers of other languages,” said Nick Enfield, a lead researcher on the study at the University of Sydney. “We should not conflate the feeling of gratitude with the act of expressing it.”
What the study leaves open is why people say thank you on the rare occasions they do. One idea the researchers propose is that saying thanks is reserved for when requests go beyond the call of duty.
This article reveals that generally people around the world don't tend to say thank you very much.
Do you say thank you much and if so, when do you use the words?