Thursday, August 13, 2009
The New Yawk Times published a piece this weekend that stated that the words "NO PROBLEM" were quickly replacing "YOU'RE WELCOME" in our day to day vocabulary.
In the words of Greg Brady: I don't dig this. Not that I am the poster child for civility, but I do like to be polite when I am not picking my nose in public or stealing an old person's seat on the bus.
"NO PROBLEM" means that the person who performed the service was not put out by it in the slightest. It indicates that asking someone to do the job for which they are paid, was not a great inconvenience. At the same time, it implies that there was the POSSIBILITY of difficulty involved with the task.
"YOU'RE WELCOME" on the other hand, indicates that it was a PLEASURE to serve you. It infers: "Y'all come back now" and "Mi Casa Es Su Casa." It's the throwing wide of arms and the smile that denotes that the exchange was mutually satisfactory.
TO REVIEW, CHICKENS....
"DON'T MENTION IT."
Also Not Good:
Really Not Good:
Dead silence while clerk checks her acrylic nails.
So please join with me in this important movement and let's bring "YOU'RE WELCOME" back into the vernacular. Who knows--if we are successful at this we could be calling eachother the Bees Knees or the Cat's Pajamas within a year.
Oh and while we're at it....
HAVE A NICE DAY.