Britons like to think they have a "special relationship" with the US, based on a common language and cultural, historical and political ties.
But, according to one of the UK's most respected polling companies, there's one chasm the English language can't always bridge - the British love of passive-aggressive statements.
In the words of YouGov, "half of Americans wouldn't be able to tell that a Briton is calling them an idiot".
YouGov showed a number of common British phrases, including "with the greatest respect", "I'll bear it in mind" and "you must come for dinner", to Britons and Americans.
"While not all the phrases show a difference in transatlantic understanding, there are some statements where many Yanks are in danger of missing the serious passive aggression we Brits employ," YouGov said.
The starkest difference was in the phrase "with the greatest respect" - which most Britons took to mean "I think you are an idiot", but nearly half of Americans interpreted as "I am listening to you".
Half of Americans wouldn’t be able to tell that a Briton is calling them an idiot, finds our new study on British subtext— YouGov (@YouGov) January 11, 2019
What does "with the greatest respect" mean?
"I think you are an idiot": 🇬🇧 68% / 🇺🇸 40%
"I am listening to you": 🇬🇧 24% / 🇺🇸 49%https://t.co/9EZXEJjUtM pic.twitter.com/Us8OsMPgc3
YouGov based its survey on a popular meme of British phrases and their subtext.
The survey showed that some - though not all - of the stereotypes in the table were statistically correct.
There was plenty of common ground - for example, a majority of both British and US adults consider "I was a bit disappointed that" a polite way of saying "I am annoyed that" - rather than "it doesn't really matter".
But those in the UK are much more likely to consider "I'll bear it in mind" and "I hear what you say" to be attempts to brush you off.
And a higher proportion of Britons than Americans (44% to 31%) think "that is a very brave proposal" actually means "you are insane".
Plenty of Americans working in the UK have complained about British passive-aggressiveness, or their annoying tendency to beat around the bush.
But UK expats have also complained about American insults directed at Brits.
At the end of the day, while the British may like to think they have a more sophisticated sense of sarcasm, they might have more in common with their American cousins than they think.
We'll bear that in mind.