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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
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2013-06-19 02:05:24 PM  
If I remember right, the phrase "no problemo" with a Spanish accent on the "problemo" was catching on first in the early 80s, which sort of evolved into the ubiquitous "no problem" that we have today. It might have been a movie quote at the time, but I'm not sure where it came from.
2013-06-19 02:05:55 PM  
I blame this guy:

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2013-06-19 02:06:16 PM  
I'm saying "no problem" because I'm telling you "it was really not a big deal for me to help you, and I'm glad I could." But it's easier saying "no problem, man!" with a smile.

Nobody has ever complained about this. If someone does, they are offically a douche.

And the guy who wrote this, is as douchey as all get-out.
2013-06-19 02:06:17 PM  
Like, you know, actually, It's like actually, you know, annoying, like you know, so I'll stop doing that, because, you know, it is what it is, I know, right? So, like actually, I'll stop. No problem. Oops. My bad.
2013-06-19 02:06:57 PM  
For the record, I was born in 1974 and have been saying "No problem" instead of "You're Welcome" for the last 20 years or so.

So, the author needs to get over himself.
2013-06-19 02:07:17 PM  
TFAuthor is 197 years old, apparently.

/You're too farking old! Get younger!!
2013-06-19 02:07:20 PM  

Nabb1: I teach my kids to say "you're welcome."

Same, but it makes as much sense as "no problem", grammatically.

It begs the question: welcome to what? Your house? Your wealth? Your kids?
2013-06-19 02:07:21 PM  

vudukungfu: Like, you know, actually, It's like actually, you know, annoying, like you know, so I'll stop doing that, because, you know, it is what it is, I know, right? So, like actually, I'll stop. No problem. Oops. My bad.

It's been real.
2013-06-19 02:07:37 PM  
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It's a nice try, Bill Flanagan, but you've got a long way to go before you can fill my shoes. Try thinking way too much about the price of things, that always gets me in a dander.
2013-06-19 02:07:38 PM  
I don't like "You're Welcome" either.  I go with "My pleasure."
2013-06-19 02:07:49 PM  
I see it as a natural progression from "Not at all", to "Not a problem", to "No problem"

It's "pas de probleme" in French, too.


Gecko Gingrich: I thought Andy Rooney was dead.

2013-06-19 02:08:15 PM  

lewismarktwo: 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.

Thank you, Good Will Hunting.  Here are some caramels for you.
2013-06-19 02:08:21 PM  
Nae bother.
2013-06-19 02:08:24 PM  
I have a tendency to reply to "How's it goin'?" with "It's goin'" and to "How you doin'?" with "I'm doin'".

/and it seems to be spreading to my coworkers
2013-06-19 02:08:45 PM  
I love how the guy's wife says 'don't start', almost as if she already knows he's kind of an arsehole and puts up with it.
/thanks for putting up with my shiat honey
//no worries
2013-06-19 02:08:47 PM  
Luckily, my wife gave me a look that said, "Don't start".

Here's some advice. Listen to your wife.

/no problem
2013-06-19 02:08:51 PM  
I say "no problem" because it (whatever you're thanking me for) wasn't too hard for me to do, but that doesn't mean you're welcome to expect it (whatever you're thanking me for), as saying "you're welcome" implies.

No problem = it was not too hard, no big deal, etc...
2013-06-19 02:09:00 PM  
I was born in 1962 and I have been saying that for as long as I can remember. This guy in TFA is a farking clown.

/he can get off MY lawn
2013-06-19 02:09:11 PM  
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2013-06-19 02:09:22 PM  
And what's with the rap music these kids listen to nowadays? Give me some Glenn Miller any day, now THAT'S music!
2013-06-19 02:09:27 PM  
No problem is better than the blank stare some people offer up.

/this is the least of my worries in life.
2013-06-19 02:09:36 PM  
Could we PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get rid of "Oh, you're fine" as the only answer to "Excuse me"?

I'm about to go off on the next person who's in my farking way and, when I ask to pass them with an "Excuse me" answers as if it were my fault in the first place.

/"I'm 'fine'? Well, isn't that nice of you, dear, but I'm afraid you're not my type, so take that elsewhere."
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2013-06-19 02:09:39 PM  
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2013-06-19 02:10:05 PM  
I used to say, "Go Fark Yourself," to myself but it usually came out as, "Indeed!" (You get bonus points of you read that in John Lovitz's voice...)
2013-06-19 02:10:09 PM  
At Chik-fil-a, they're required to say, "My pleasure" whenever you say, "Thank you."  My friend has considers it a challenge to get them to say, "My pleasure" as many times as he can each time we go.
2013-06-19 02:10:12 PM  
Not a problem.
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2013-06-19 02:10:22 PM  
I have also noticed that most of my coworkers between 24 and 35 have started saying "All right" instead of saying "Good bye."
2013-06-19 02:10:27 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: I have a tendency to reply to "How's it goin'?" with "It's goin'" and to "How you doin'?" with "I'm doin'".

So do I. And then I invariably get "Just 'going'? Not going well?" or some similar idiocy. And then I invariably get stabby: I'm busy, and you don't actually care, so STFU already...
2013-06-19 02:11:20 PM  
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."

How the fark is that a substitute for "You're welcome?"

Author of TFA is a farking idiot.
2013-06-19 02:11:33 PM  
Everyone has their stupid grammar peeves.  Not everyone writes inane articles about them.  Most people just post them in threads about the inane articles.

"I'm going to school to get my degree!"

Really, *YOUR* degree?  it's sitting there with your name on it right now?  oh it won't be printed until a few days before you graduate?  So you're really going to school to get *A* degree that you will have a claim for possession of after you have earned it?

Or even worse.

"I'm going to school to earn my degree!"

So you already have a degree that you somehow didn't earn but are now in the act of earning?

/hates marketing speak
2013-06-19 02:11:48 PM  
Pretentious douchebags who opine on problems nobody else consideres a problem. Who does that without style or flair? Bill Flanagan?
2013-06-19 02:12:28 PM  
My kid hasn't quite caught on to the fact that he's not the one who is supposed to say "You're welcome" after he says "thank you".  He says it as more of a "thank you're 'lcome". He's still more polite than many 30 somethings who don't say "thank you", "you're welcome" or even "no problem".  What, were you raised by wolves?   Social courtesy, please.
2013-06-19 02:12:36 PM  

R.A.Danny: Why do we thank people for providing service for pay anyway? They should be thanking us for the money.

Nice troll, short, sweet, channeling just enough Reservoir Dogs without being a blatant ripoff. 8/10

In answer to your question, in case its not a troll, is that it is recognition that they just performed a service for you, even if you paid money for it. And that service was likely at a wage to them that was below its value to you.

/so good that I had to bite anyway.
//splash splash splash
2013-06-19 02:12:44 PM  
Someone's got some sand in their....

I don't know why but I just remembered whose fault this is....

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2013-06-19 02:12:56 PM  
I use both "no problem" and "no worries". Language evolves, get over yourself people who do have a problem.
2013-06-19 02:12:57 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: I thought Andy Rooney was dead.

Boom.  Done.
2013-06-19 02:13:20 PM  


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

//we're funny like that

What I find myself doing, and it irritates me that I do it, is saying "no, thank you."  Or something like that.

/also Canadian
2013-06-19 02:13:46 PM  

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.

Thank god he took his rejection by an audience to mean he needed to spread his obnoxious rant to more people. Lord knows the internet is sorely lacking in idiots riled up about nonsense.
2013-06-19 02:13:48 PM  
"No problem" is just another way of saying "Glad to help; no sweat off my back."  It shouldn't be offensive and is a kind reply if not as formal as "You're welcome."  What grinds my gears is when someone replies "Yep."  What does "Yep" mean?
2013-06-19 02:14:07 PM  

show me: No problemo.

/This bugs the shiat out of me too. Get off my lawn.

Well, it should, because it's really supposed to be no problema. Also, do you get upset when someone says "de nada" to you?
2013-06-19 02:14:43 PM  
If you want to get good tips or just generally not infuriate older people

That can be simplified:  if you want to get good tips, do not wait on older people.
2013-06-19 02:14:57 PM  
De nada
2013-06-19 02:15:18 PM  
"'No problem' communicates there was a problem but 'you're welcome' in no way implies its opposite by being said"
--old idiot, so afraid of change that replacing a no-meaning conversation filling phrase with another no-meaning conversation-filling phrase is the biggest deal

When people say "no problem" they aren't aware that this old man is a problem.
2013-06-19 02:15:23 PM  

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It's a nice try, Bill Flanagan, but you've got a long way to go before you can fill my shoes. Try thinking way too much about the price of things, that always gets me in a dander.

Ya know, if he'd been female, there's NO way "60 Minutes" would've let him appear on camera without some seriously deep grooming of those farking eyebrows. Ugh.

/If someone's too busy looking at your accoutrements for whatever reason, maybe you need better friends.
2013-06-19 02:15:25 PM  
When someone thanks me for a little nicety I perform to make their day better, opening a door for instance, I rightfully acknowledge that they are acknowledging me.
I invoice them at $150/hr, quarter unit minimum.
2013-06-19 02:15:45 PM  
And another thing, consarnit!  Why don't young people say "consarnit" anymore?
2013-06-19 02:15:49 PM  
Bill Flanagan can go suck on some vinegary balls so far as I care. No problem.

That phrase has been used by people born prior to 1980, myself included, for quite some time. Bill Flanagan should make a great attempt to extract that giant stick from his turd cutter.
2013-06-19 02:16:02 PM  
"Please" and "Thank You" are equally strange.

Please is a shorted version of "if it pleases the lord."   Which is what you said to a superior to do just about anything.  If it didn't please them, you very well didn't do it.    A lord might say "Thinking of you"  to someone of equal stature.  Which became "Thank You."

Why are we all running around using the formal replies of aristocracy anyway?
2013-06-19 02:16:21 PM  
Subs and the Author should never work in the I/T field:  "np" "no problem" "no worries" "anytime" are all common terms. This "Your Welcome" you speak of what is that?

/Do the needful
2013-06-19 02:16:49 PM  
Sometimes I will hold the door open for someone and when they say 'thank you' I'll respond with 'f*ck off!'.
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