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 Third Of Brits ‘Too Polite’ To Ask Someone's Name Twice, Study Finds

Third Of Brits ‘Too Polite’ To Ask Someone's Name Twice, Study Finds

Breaking: our ‘sorry’ reflex is also higher than any other nation.

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

We've all been there. You've been introduced to someone. You've spent time together, chatted away.

But for the life of you, you can't remember their name. Begging the age-old question: how late is too late to ask them to repeat it?

Frankly, it's the stuff of bum-clenching nightmares - and about as British as a cup of tea and a slice of Battenberg cake.

So it should come as no surprise that in a survey of 2,000 adults carried out by Crystal Ski Holidays, a third of respondents would rather never know someone's name than ask for it twice.

In other Very British News, a fifth of respondents considered themselves "too polite" to ask someone a question more than once, and 35 per cent thought it would be rude to ask for instructions to be repeated.

This is particularly comical given that a third of participants also admitted that they struggled to complete tasks if a brief was only given once.


No wonder so many Brits are left fretting in silence.

Sticking resolutely to national stereotypes, just under half of participants viewed politeness is a typically British trait. Those polled rated their politeness a 7.5 out of 10, on average.

Other perceived quirks of our national character included sarcasm, apologising repeatedly, and orderly queueing. Oh, and a stiff upper lip, naturally.

What could be more British than forgetting someone's name? (

Managing director of Crystal Ski Holidays Chris Logan said in a statement: "As a nation, it's almost second nature to be polite, and asking someone to repeat themselves can come across as rude, even when we really need a reminder. But our study found this lack of confidence can have a real negative impact on our personal growth and development."

Logan has a point. One in 10 say their British ways have held them back in some way, leaving them unable to connect and ask for help.

Looks like it might be time to bite the bullet and start asking questions (sorry folks). But please, form an orderly queue first.

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Topics: British, Life News, Life