Most Americans Don't Get British Sarcasm, Poll Shows If a British person says, "with the greatest respect." In British sarcasm it means, "I think you are an idiot." A U.K. poll says most Americans don't get the British art of passive aggression.
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Most Americans Don't Get British Sarcasm, Poll Shows

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Most Americans Don't Get British Sarcasm, Poll Shows

Most Americans Don't Get British Sarcasm, Poll Shows

Most Americans Don't Get British Sarcasm, Poll Shows

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If a British person says, "with the greatest respect." In British sarcasm it means, "I think you are an idiot." A U.K. poll says most Americans don't get the British art of passive aggression.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. If you're talking with a British person and they say to you, with the greatest respect, you'd probably think, hey, this person is really hearing me out. Nope. In British sarcasm, it actually means, I think you are an idiot. According to a new poll in the U.K., most Americans just don't get the British art of passive aggression. Other examples, that's a very brave proposal actually means you are insane. And if your British buddy says, I'll bear it in mind, he has forgotten it already. It's MORNING EDITION.

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