It is considered one of the basics of politeness, but saying "thank you" may be dying out, according to new research.
Rather than failing to show gratitude, however, we are simply using other words. In fact, one in three people say they usually use another word to express gratitude.
Among the most popular phrases were the less formal "ta" and "cool" as well as the French word "merci".
Although the average Briton still says thank you up to 5,000 times a year, the results indicate an increasingly casual way of speaking, with 40 percent believing they use "thank you" less than previous generations.
尽管普通的英国人平均一年说“thank you”的次数仍然高达5000次，但研究结果却显示比较随意的说话方式出现得越来越多，40%的人认为他们说“thank you”的次数要比上一代少。
The poll by television channel Food Network UK to coincide with the launch of Thank You Day also showed that one in 20 said "nice one" instead.
英国电视台“美食联播网”进行了一项调查，以配合感谢日的成立，该调查也显示出有1/20的人用“nice one”代替了“thank you”。
But 95 percent still believe good manners are important and eight in 10 Britons say they are polite.
Nick Thorogood, the managing director of Food Network, said: "This highlights that taking the time and effort to say thanks is still very important to us. People will always find the way that works best for them."
"It is interesting to see what the act means to different people."