Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 13:56:30 -0500 From: Larry Rosenwald Subject: thank you . . . thank you The recent query about "in future" vs. "in the future" prompted me to ask this. When I listen to the radio, I'm often struck by the fact that when a host of, say, a talk show, says to his or her guest, "thank you for being with us," the guest replies "thank you" rather than "you're welcome." It's my (unsubstantiated) impression that this replacement is becoming more common, and was considerably less common when I was growing up (I'm 49). Has anyone else noticed this? Best, Larry Rosenwald