I don’t like the way these kids say ‘you’re welcome’



I don't like the way these kids say 'you're welcome'

DEAR MISS MANNERS: In response to “thank you,” I have been hearing a lot of “of course” or “certainly,” especially from the younger generation.

Since when has that been acceptable? I find it arrogant and rude. Do you agree?

I do not find “any time” rude, especially after thanking someone who did you a big favor. “Of course” just really gets under my skin.

GENTLE READER: Would you be less offended by “Of course you are most welcome — I am so very happy to be able to do this for you”?

Perhaps. But Miss Manners does not see a substantive difference between it and a shortened form. She would never say that the words chosen when conveying conventional politeness do not matter — but she does not share your imputation of ill intent to these particular examples.

GENTLE READERS: There is a disturbing trend in Miss Manners’ correspondence that she wishes to address, lest Gentle Readers give up hope of a more polite future. It concerns letters that begin:

  • “When did it become OK to …?”
  • “Am I just being hopelessly old-fashioned or …?”
  • “Am I being too sensitive when …?”

What follows is an example of something that was never OK. Miss Manners’ field is external behavior, not internal squirming, but her concern is the implication that the victim has, or should have, given up hope of improving society.


Soruce : https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/08/04/miss-manners-since-when-did-it-become-ok-it-was-never-ok/

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