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Brits appear to like any excuse to have an argument, according to The study revealed the 50 things that get their blood boiling and often result in an argument with their partners.

With the recession in full swing, arguments about money were not surprising, which were followed closely by kids, religion, sport and politics.

More surprisingly, the smaller and supposedly insignificant things such as not replacing an empty toilet roll, buying bread or leaving the bins out on bin day seemed to cause tensions to rise too.

Several factors involving children seemed to be the precursors of a fight in the family home with triggers such as homework help, reading time, giving them a lift back from a friend’s house or deciding which school they will attend.

In a house where both partners work household chores are the last thing on the mind, so a messy house, forgetting to make the bed, or cleaning can also be the foundation of a blowout.

It was found that some couples like to have an argument so that they could cure their boredom and reap the benefits of making up afterwards.

One respondent said: “If I’ve had a busy day then even the smallest thing can tip me over the edge, like my husband not putting the loo seat down or my kids leaving me their empty cups to take through to the kitchen. It’s pathetic really and I feel such a fool afterwards.”

Another said: “Family events are always the cause of rows in our house – whose family are we spending Christmas Day with, are we going to the other’s on Boxing Day. I feel like booking two weeks in the sun and escaping Christmas completely.”

A male respondent added: “When it comes to football and sticking up for my team, I become really argumentative. I’ve supported my local side since I was a kid and still go to all their home games now. Admittedly some weekends they are absolutely useless, but that doesn’t mean I want people to say that to my face, especially if they’re not diehard fans.”

A spokesman for said: “Sometimes a good argument is needed to clear the air and get things on an even keel. There are always going to be triggers for tiffs, like money and the kids but I have to admit, some of the more trivial ones did raise a smile.

“Problem is, at some point or another I’m sure we’ve all argued about most of the things on the list however trivial they may seem. Maybe, every now and again we need to take a step back and think about what we’re about to say before we say it.”

Here are the 50 things we row about in no particular order:

  1. Money
  2. Kids
  3. Sex
  4. Politics
  5. Religion
  6. Sport
  7. Directions
  8. What to watch on telly
  9. What to have for dinner
  10. Household chores
  11. Garden chores
  12. Putting the bin out
  13. Washing the car
  14. Where to holiday
  15. What music / radio station to listen to
  16. Who’s turn to take the kids to a party
  17. Filling the car with petrol
  18. In laws
  19. Family events
  20. Weekly shop
  21. Turn to cook
  22. Football
  23. Clothes
  24. Pepsi ‘v coke
  25. Cars
  26. iPhone v others
  27. Mac v PC
  28. Kindle v book
  29. Pets
  30. What to do on days out / days off
  31. Recycling
  32. Putting the loo seat down
  33. Bored
  34. Where to eat out
  35. Which takeaway to order
  36. Homework
  37. Not replacing loo roll
  38. Getting out of the house in the morning
  39. Buying the bread / milk
  40. Booking time off
  41. Who’s turn to do the work coffee run
  42. Leaving the house in a mess
  43. Picking the kids up from school / friend
  44. Picking children’s school
  45. Who’s turn to wash up
  46. Leaving socks / pants on the floor
  47. Not cleaning the bath / shower
  48. Picking presents
  49. Snoring
  50. Poor manners


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