London: With world's greatest sporting extravaganza all set to go underway in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, the British may dominate the visiting foreign residents by their dual-meaning words.
Yes, those, coming to witness the London Olympics event from July 27-August 12, might be left bemused by Britons' caginess. They might be befooled by words with double meanings, said a leading newspaper here. The newspaper came up with a report explaining how Britons are habitual of using various unnecessary words, they do not mean at all.
According to a latest American survey, the British don't come to the point, rather they like to skirt around issues and use tedious phrases that make talking ineffective and sometimes leads to confusion.
Not only foreigners but a number of British themselves find it difficult to understand what the other person wants to communicate. The survey has also revealed that British want their country mates to be direct and more clear with their words.
The survey found three quarters of Britons who admitted to regularly using the word "maybe" when they meant "no" while three fifths often say "I'm fine" when but actually thinking "I'm not, stop asking".
Other phrases include saying "it's OK" while thinking "I am really disappointed" and telling workmates "could we consider some other option?" while intending to say "I don't like your idea".
As per the New York Bakery Company, over a lifetime Britons use 1.7 million unnecessary words - 60 words every day, 420 needless words a week and 21,840 a year. But when it comes to family and friends, they have no qualms telling their true thoughts.