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(CBS News)   "When did everyone born after 1980 decide that "No problem" was interchangeable with "You're welcome"? Who spread that virus? The Taliban?"   (cbsnews.com) divider line 332
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2013-06-19 09:09:20 AM
A very nice young man who worked for me used to have a little trouble getting in on time. Like, every day. Once a week I would say, "Look, you really have to be at your desk at 10 o'clock." Did he say, "Sorry, I'll try to do better?"

No. He would just smile and say, "No problem."

That nice young man does not work for me anymore.

So wait, the guy was fired for saying "no problem" or because he was always late?

/author of TFA better never visit Australia, lest he discover "no worries"
 
2013-06-19 09:12:18 AM
I prefer "No worries" to either. As far as "No problem" goes, I think it goes back to Ah-nold in Terminator 2.
 
2013-06-19 09:19:02 AM
No problemo.

/This bugs the shiat out of me too. Get off my lawn.
 
2013-06-19 09:19:48 AM
People who have a problem with "no problem" should be thankful that they don't have bigger things to worry about.
 
2013-06-19 09:20:45 AM
SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE
 
2013-06-19 09:23:34 AM

Aarontology: SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.


The question is whether its polite at all.  I don't think 'uh huh' is a reasonable substitute for "you're welcome" either.

/Canadian
//we're funny like that
 
2013-06-19 09:25:01 AM
I blame the French.
 
2013-06-19 09:25:53 AM
"screw you, cloud!"
 
2013-06-19 09:28:12 AM
De nada
 
2013-06-19 09:31:40 AM
I'm a pre-1980 person, but "no problem" doesn't, and has never, bothered me in the slightest.

I will say, however, that when I first started hearing "You're good," it rubbed me the wrong way: "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll get out of your way." "No, you're good." Grrr. But I've long ago gotten over it. Whatever.
 
2013-06-19 09:33:58 AM

Secret Agent X23: I'm a pre-1980 person, but "no problem" doesn't, and has never, bothered me in the slightest.

I will say, however, that when I first started hearing "You're good," it rubbed me the wrong way: "Oh, I'm sorry. I'll get out of your way." "No, you're good." Grrr. But I've long ago gotten over it. Whatever.


What about "it's all good"?  Really?  All of it?  Every bit of it is good?
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-06-19 09:35:26 AM
Someone should wish him "Happy Holidays" and watch him go postal.
 
2013-06-19 09:41:44 AM

unyon: Aarontology: SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.

The question is whether its polite at all.  I don't think 'uh huh' is a reasonable substitute for "you're welcome" either.

/Canadian
//we're funny like that


Perhaps, but I really don't think it's worth getting riled up about.
 
2013-06-19 09:43:38 AM
 Luckily, my wife gave me a look that said, "Don't start."

So your wife is tired of hearing your shiat so you brought your pointless rant to the internet.
 
2013-06-19 09:45:46 AM
FFS! No Problem!
 
2013-06-19 09:46:47 AM
When did everyone born after 1980 decide that "No problem" was interchangeable with "You're welcome"? Who spread that virus? The Taliban?

Listen, today's young people: If you want to infuriate someone born before 1980, just keep telling him "No problem" when they ask you to do something that is most certainly NOT a problem.


I don't understand how these two things are related. The first is a different response to being thanked, the second is affirmation that you understand the instruction and are willing to do as asked. I find it hard to believe that an author would be so enraged by colloquial English niceties that may have drifted past their origins and are no longer meant literally. Does this person expect to be peppered with an inventory of things that exist over the head of the person that he may say "What's up?" to? Of course not, because who walks around with pepper in their pockets all the time?
 
2013-06-19 09:51:37 AM

serial_crusher: What about "it's all good"? Really? All of it? Every bit of it is good?


For some reason not related to anything specific I remember ever seeing, that one always gives me a mental image of Tommy Chong in an incredibly thick cloud of whatever it is he might be smoking, in a state of mind just barely connected to reality well enough for him to realize someone else is there, and he's saying it but you're not sure exactly what he's referring to. "It's all goooooood, man..."
 
2013-06-19 09:53:11 AM
Why do we thank people for providing service for pay anyway? They should be thanking us for the money.
 
2013-06-19 09:58:10 AM
I thought Andy Rooney was dead.
 
2013-06-19 10:00:24 AM
'My bad'
 
2013-06-19 10:01:22 AM
I usually respond with 'yeah, whatever.'
 
2013-06-19 10:13:45 AM

Aarontology: SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE


Seriously. I mean, what does "You're welcome" even mean? I'm sure it has some noble roots, that used to go something like, "Thank you for letting me use your serfs," "You are welcome to use them anytime you need to, sir," but that doesn't even translate to what this guy wants, even the modern shorthand.

"Tap water, please."
"You're welcome."

That exchange makes no damn sense.


""Tap water, please."
"Here you go."
"Thank you."
"You're welcome."

*That* makes sense, but then again, so would replacing "You're welcome" with "No problem".
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-06-19 10:17:42 AM
Those young whipper snappers need to start talking like we did back in the day and then get off of my lawn!
 
2013-06-19 10:20:48 AM

Aarontology: Perhaps, but I really don't think it's worth getting riled up about.


I'm of the believe that shared civilization requires courtesy for humans to live in close quarters.  But then again, I've never been to New York.
 
2013-06-19 10:21:32 AM
I say 'no problem' all the time, as well as 'there you go'.

And there is dirt younger than me, so there.
 
2013-06-19 10:28:02 AM

unyon: I'm of the believe that shared civilization requires courtesy for humans to live in close quarters


Sure it does, but if I say "Uh huh," (or, "No problem," or, "Certainly,") to you instead of, "You're welcome," after you say to me, "Thank you," I am being polite. I meant it in the exact same way as you would have said, "You're welcome."

/How about if I say, "Bitte"?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-06-19 10:31:02 AM
Gecko Gingrich:

/How about if I say, "Bitte"?

I usually say "Bite me".  That's like German for you're welcome, right?
 
2013-06-19 10:44:53 AM
I teach my kids to say "you're welcome."
 
2013-06-19 10:50:47 AM

unyon: The question is whether its polite at all. I don't think 'uh huh' is a reasonable substitute for "you're welcome" either.


Just so I have this clear: You have a problem with the way a person responds to your thanks, a person who just moments ago did something for you that was worthy of your thanks. Do I have that right?
 
2013-06-19 10:51:40 AM
Whining about grammar on the internet. Truly we have achieved greatness in our society.
 
2013-06-19 10:54:02 AM
I think of "no problem" as more of a shorthand for "fulfilling your request was not a major inconvenience for me."  Which, by default, makes "You're welcome" more along the lines of, "I acknowledge your acknowledgement that what I did for you should make you feel grateful for my effort."
 
2013-06-19 11:09:43 AM

James!:  Luckily, my wife gave me a look that said, "Don't start."

So your wife is tired of hearing your shiat so you brought your pointless rant to the internet.


Bingo.  I like the tagline at the head of TFA too: A certain catch phrase is posing a problem for our contributor Bill Flanagan

More or less acknowledging exactly what you said.  Pointless rant on the internet.
 
2013-06-19 11:18:09 AM
I just wanted to say we've already done this one before.

/Pete
 
2013-06-19 12:39:14 PM
You'll get over it

/no problem
 
2013-06-19 12:42:30 PM
wow, people get this upset about this stuff? What about 'bro, no worries, and the ubiquitous z'up?

first world problems for sure.
 
2013-06-19 12:42:44 PM

Aarontology: SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE


I'm a "no worries" kind of guy.

/post-1980
//We say "Thank you" too much anyway
 
2013-06-19 02:01:40 PM
Shut the f*ck up and take your f*cking Cialis you old c*nts.
 
2013-06-19 02:01:45 PM
"No problem" means the same damn thing as "you're welcome". Let's focus on real issues, like people who misuse "anymore" and"begs the question".
 
2013-06-19 02:01:50 PM
And when the fnck did these whippersnappers start saying, "Thank you" instead of "Gramercy"?
 
2013-06-19 02:02:19 PM
No problem and "you're welcome" are no

fark it not wasting my time
 
2013-06-19 02:03:05 PM
When did "you're welcome" become an acceptable substitute for "with all pleasures, my lord?"
 
2013-06-19 02:03:25 PM
"Yup"

?
 
2013-06-19 02:03:30 PM

Gecko Gingrich: Aarontology: SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE

Seriously. I mean, what does "You're welcome" even mean? I'm sure it has some noble roots, that used to go something like, "Thank you for letting me use your serfs," "You are welcome to use them anytime you need to, sir," but that doesn't even translate to what this guy wants, even the modern shorthand.

"Tap water, please."
"You're welcome."

That exchange makes no damn sense.


""Tap water, please."
"Here you go."
"Thank you."
"You're welcome."

*That* makes sense, but then again, so would replacing "You're welcome" with "No problem".


You live in a totally transcribed world.
 
2013-06-19 02:03:37 PM

unyon: Aarontology: SOMEONE IS BEING POLITE IN A WAY DIFFERENT THAN HOW I EXPRESS POLITENESS.

The question is whether its polite at all.  I don't think 'uh huh' is a reasonable substitute for "you're welcome" either.

/Canadian
//we're funny like that


When thanked, I often say, "Certainly."  Is that acceptable?
 
2013-06-19 02:03:38 PM
I also like "no worries", though it sounds kind of silly when anyone from the North American continent uses it.
 
2013-06-19 02:03:42 PM
Don't worry.

"No problem" is fast becoming "No worries"
 
2013-06-19 02:04:01 PM
It's sloppy and, despite being pre-1980, I'm guilty.
 
2013-06-19 02:04:50 PM
this doesn't bother me, but I said "no problem" so many times that I have gone back to "you're welcome" just to mix it up.
 
2013-06-19 02:05:03 PM
If people don't bend down and sniff my crotch while singing yellow submarine I know they really didn't mean 'you're welcome'.

Pointless and arbitrary custom is pointless and arbitrary.
 
2013-06-19 02:05:20 PM
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"Languages often evolve over time."
 
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