Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 18:51:43 -0400 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: thank you . . . thank you Melissa, do you have any evidence that people used to be more polite and/or formal than they are today? And what's your time frame for "used to"--50 years ago? 500 years ago? 10 years ago? How do you measure politeness: use of title + last name vs. first name? use of pleases and thankyous vs. Hey you and OK? Like some others, I absolutely hate "(God) bless you"; it's not really polite and personal so much as formulaic and empty, IMHO, and I (subtly?) signal my rejection of it by never saying "Thank you" afterwards.