You wouldn’t know it to look at them, but the British are the angriest people in Europe. According to a survey by comedy channel G.O.L.D., people in England blow their tops more often than folks in neighboring countries — four times a day, on average.
By comparison, the Italians go off three-and-a-half times a day — unclear how one gets “half angry” -- while the French lose their cool three times during the day. If you want to avoid getting on someone’s bad side, head for the Scandinavian climes, where the locals only blow their stack once every five days.
The most likely thing to cause a Brit to lose that stiff upper lip is someone cutting in line (or “queue-jumping” as they put it across the Pond), followed on the annoyance meter by traffic jams, poor customer service, foreign call centers, ill-mannered neighbors, racism, bad driving and swearing in public.
The top hot button for Italians is erratic driving while nothing gets a French person’s chevre more than bad food and sloppy service in restaurants. As for those slow-burn Scandinavians, the thing that gets them hot under the collar is when someone makes fun of one of their countries.
Of course, when you burn someone's scones in England, you may not ever know it. According to Mike Fisher, the founder of the British Association of Anger Management, the British are mostly passive aggressive and not the kind prone to screaming, yelling and getting violent. You still want to be careful who you piss off because, according to Fisher, “People who say they don't have a problem with anger are usually the most dangerous.”
— Marc Hershon
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