National embarrassment news now, with the report in the Mirror that Brits abroad do all they can to avoid standing out:
More than HALF of Brits hide accents when abroad to avoid bad stereotypes
Listen in, mes amis, nearly un in dix of us admit using a fake accent while abroad to avoid idle chit chat with fellow British holidaymakers.
Embarrassed trippers pretend not to speak English and put on cod French, Spanish or German tones.Source: Mirror, 15th June 2019
While the headline finding is the dubious claim that we Brits try to blend in when we are abroad, it’s actually a secondary stat that carries the main marketing message this PR was designed to convey:
Seven per cent ran off when they heard a fellow Brit and five per cent said they had hidden to avoid UK holidaymakers.
And 69 per cent said they would rather stay in a villa than a hotel, so they didn’t run the risk of meeting another Brit.
Who on earth would benefit from spreading the idea that Brits abroad will be much better off in a villa than in a hotel?
The poll was carried out on behalf of Exclusiveprivatevillas.com.
Of course it was.