I'm a British ex-pat, living in the US for forty years. The Americans have started saying "congrats" (for "congratulations") in informal contexts.

To me, this sounds antiquated and upper-class. "I say old chap, oodles of congrats."

Does it still sound that way in the UK, or does it sound normal?

  • As an American English speaker (who rarely says congrats), what amount of formality and class standing do you mean when you say I say old chap, oodles of congrats? (It does sound particularly English or British to me.) – Arm the good guys in America Oct 31 '17 at 22:12
  • As a British English speaker (who never says congrats) it sounds dated and over-posh to me. – Nigel J Oct 31 '17 at 22:29
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    As a British English native speaker who does say congrats, I think it sounds perfectly fine. Not posh in the slightest but used in less formal registers, eg if my Director was given an award I would offer him my congratulations because he’s many ranks above me and I have no personal relationship with him, but if my colleague at the next desk got an award I’d say ‘congrats’.. – Spagirl Nov 1 '17 at 0:42

As a 'Brit' I hate the use of 'congrats', it sounds insincere, if you can't be bothered to offer 'Congratulations' I think don't bother saying anything. I thought it was coming from America, I papercraft and lots of the kits and sentiment stamps from America read 'Congrats' (and 'gray' instead of the English 'grey').

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    Are you using papercraft as a verb? I'm just trying to make sense of the last sentence in your answer. – Sven Yargs Nov 1 '17 at 22:58
  • Yes, that's how it's used,- but perhaps only in the papercrafting community/industry? Which, by the way, is huge, so it is used a lot! – p edant Nov 3 '17 at 14:08

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