‘Um, aah, um’. Hugh Grant as socially awkward Brit Charles in Four Weddings And A Funeral (Rex Features)
Making a British person squirm with embarrassment is not one of life’s harder tasks.
But if you really want to do it right, these are the questions you should ask.
A study of 1,500 Britons has come up with a list of 20 questions to make possibly the most uncomfortable people on earth, feel even more awkward.
These include asking someone to move their bag so they can sit down on public transport, complaining at a restaurant and asking for the dish to be taken back and telling parents to control their children in public.
Money is another sore point for the British.
Very few have ever managed to be brave enough to ask for a pay-rise and only 14 per cent can overcome the awkwardness of aksing for money back they have lent to someone.
Affairs of the heart also make things difficult for Brits, according to the survey by Carphone Warehouse.
A third of all Britons said they could only ask someone out if they have had a drink.
BRITONS’ TOP 20 MOST AWKWARD QUESTIONS:
1. Would you like to go out with me?
2. Can you pay me back please?
3. Please can you control your child?
4. Can I have your phone number?
5. Can I have a pay-rise?
6. Can I have my money back?
7. Can I have a promotion?
8. Could you please move your bag so I can sit down (On train/bus)
9. Will you marry me?
10. Could you give me a further discount?
11. Do you have that in a bigger size?
12. Could I please get a new meal?
13. Can you offer me a better discount/deal?
14. Would you mind moving your car so I can get into this parking space?
15. Please can you repeat that? (In business environment)
16. Can you explain what this word means please? (In a restaurant)
17. How much does this item cost?
18. Could my parents come on holiday with us this year?
19. Do you have any ketchup? (In a posh restaurant)
20. Can you walk faster please?