Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Thank You?

You know, I have said before that I am old and out of the loop on many things. There is a lot of stuff floating around out there that I don’t understand. But the thing that is bugging me the most – right now – is the response I get when I say, “Thank You.”

I was taught to say, “You’re Welcome.” Now, I admit that I don’t even understand what that comment means. You’re welcome to say other nice things. You’re welcome to stay? You’re welcome to do as you please? You’re welcome to leave as soon as you leave a tip? What? But I have used it all my life. And I have heard other people use it as well.

But for the last year or so, when I say thank you to someone, I get the reply, “No Problem.” Why? I didn’t ask you if you were having difficulty in serving me. I didn’t ask you to go out of you way to hold the door open (but I thank you for doing it.) I said nothing about a problem or the difficulty you had in doing what ever it is, or was, you were doing. So why say it?

Are they teaching this in etiquette class in school? If they are, why didn’t someone email or blog me about it? I need to know this stuff so that I want choke on my food or look at someone like they are a dilbert asshole who doesn’t understand the meaning of the comment.

I can change. If it is a correct replacement for “Thank You,” then I will live with it. But if I am right, however, and “Thank You” is the proper reply, should I tell the ignorant person the proper response; give him/her a “Jap Slap” across his lips; or jump up and grab him/her by the collar and shake him/her while hollering, “Say THANK YOU, dumb ass?”

I’m too old to be worrying about stuff like this. I need to know so I can be cool and hip, too.

6 comments:

Pamela said...
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Pamela said...

just grunt.... and let people wonder what you said.
You're welcome!!!!

her indoors said...

ha like pamela said just grunt then you would be like the younger generation! I hate it when people just forget their manners and never say thank you!

The Boob Lady said...

Thank you isn't used nearly enough anymore. It's a shame really.

DJ Andi said...

I possibly have been guilty of saying no problem, but I often say "thank you", and 99% of the time reply with "you're welcome".

I really don't like it when people take others for granted and do not thank you like you were supposed to serve them. Ungrateful people.

What bugs the crap out of me is "my bad". Since when did it make sense to use bad English. I hate it when people say that.

ccw said...

Thank you and You're welcome will always be in fashion.

It irks me more than I can say when I hear people skipping the manners. It makes me feel old but seriously good manners are one of the few things you can have regardless of age, socio-economic status, etc.

I could rave for days on RSVP.