Nearly three-quarters of Brits now greet others with an air kiss or hug, an increase of a third over the last 15 years, while 63 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed said they had cried in public.
"The British stiff upper lip is finally wobbling as more and more Brits wear their hearts on their sleeves," said Richard Hayes of Warburtons bakers, who carried out the research in connection with an upcoming advertising campaign.
Brits are also prone to getting carried away when they are excited, the research showed, with 47 percent waving their arms in the air, a third jumping up and down and three in 10 throwing their arm around someone nearby.
Plotted on the "passion index," which measures how often people display emotion, Britain averaged 69 out of 100, with people in the south most likely to show how they feel while the Welsh were the least emotional.
(keep) a stiff upper lip: 不动声色，沉着而不外露
air kiss: way of saying hello or goodbye to somebody by kissing near the side of their face but not actually touching them （见面或道别时的）嘬唇示吻
wobble: to move from side to side in an unsteady way 摇摆，摇晃
wear one’s heart on one’s sleeves: 感情外露
carry away: 使激动得失去控制（The match was so wonderful that he was totally carried away. 比赛十分精彩，令他兴奋不已。）