Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 11:27:28 -0700 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: thank you . . . thank you At some point during my teens (in the late '50s), I got the idea that it was impolite to say, "You're welcome," which up to that time I had always said without thinking, and that one should always thank the person back instead, to give the impression that, "Oh, the obligation is all mine," or something. I wasn't aware at the time that everybody else had gotten this idea, but it seems to me, too, that I rarely hear "You're welcome" anymore. I'm not sure whether this is because others have taken to saying, "Thank you (back)!" or whether it's because more informal replies have taken over--such as "Sure!", "You bet!" (mainly in the West, I think), and (in recent years) "No problem!" Peter McGraw On Fri, 17 Oct 1997, Larry Rosenwald wrote: > 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 >