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    Shakin' All Over

    No, not the 300lb mountain of mirth, but CANe_ShakiN

    Leading off - You're Welcome vs No Problem.

    "No problem": Yes, it's a BIG problem






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    (CBS News) A certain catch phrase is posing a problem for our contributor Bill Flanagan:

    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.


    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.


    Saturday night, I took my wife to a good restaurant. The waitress asked if we wanted sparkling water, still water, or tap water. I said, "Tap water, please." She said, "No problem."
    I felt like saying, "Why do YOU think I think it would be a problem for you to get me a glass of water?" Luckily, my wife gave me a look that said, "Don't start."
    And of course my wife was right. The waitress didn't mean to be rude. So consider this a public service announcement.


    To all the young people of the world: If you want to get good tips or just generally not infuriate older people, PLEASE, only say "No problem" when there is a reasonable expectation that the task you are performing might be PROBLEMATIC.
    i.e.: "Thank you for stopping your car in the rain to help me change a flat tire."
    "No problem." Appropriate.
    "Thank you for lending me ten thousand dollars to stop the bank from foreclosing on my house."
    "No problem." Gracious.
    "Thank you for giving me your kidney."
    "No problem." Classy.

    That's what "No problem" is for!

    It's a graceful way of telling someone you've gone out of your way to help, not to feel indebted.

    But if you work in a doughnut shop and a customer thanks you for selling him a coffee, don't say, "No problem." He's paying for the coffee!
    Just say, "You're welcome."

    Try it. "Thank you." "You're welcome." Is that so burdensome?


    And look at the bright side -- all of us old people will be dead soon, and then everybody born after 1980 can say "No problem" to each other for the rest of your lives.
    Just hold off till then, okay? Okay.
    You're welcome

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    I'm just happy when waitstaff are friendly, fake liking me alot, and bring good food..quickly, after checking my drink needs fairly frequently.
    No problemo. Biggo Tippo del mundo.

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    Middle of the road types are on the list.

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    In 10 years, 'no problem' will be replaced by LOLGFY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    In 10 years, 'no problem' will be replaced by LOLGFY
    I'd be one happy cane_shaker if that came to pass.

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    A weak cane to shake tbh.

    I was born before 1980, and I use both "You're welcome" and "no worries" pretty much interchangably, and never think twice about it.

    Someone who would be offended or bothered by a pleasant smiling "no worries" or "no problem" is a derp, frankly, and can safely be ignored.

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    What happened to Okay, Sure, Sounds good......no problem LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    A weak cane to shake tbh.

    I was born before 1980, and I use both "You're welcome" and "no worries" pretty much interchangably, and never think twice about it.

    Someone who would be offended or bothered by a pleasant smiling "no worries" or "no problem" is a derp, frankly, and can safely be ignored.
    I've never heard anyone use "no worries". That must be a southern dingy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMJK View Post
    I've never heard anyone use "no worries". That must be a southern dingy.
    Antipodean

    I saw Crocodile Dundee

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    Last edited by EM31; 09-25-2013 at 12:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EM31 View Post
    Antipodean

    I saw Crocodile Dundee

    aussie-stereotypes-crocodile-dundee.jpg
    Aye, I assume that must be where I picked it up from as a youth tbh. It's certainly not a Scottish or New York phrase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    A weak cane to shake tbh.

    I was born before 1980, and I use both "You're welcome" and "no worries" pretty much interchangably, and never think twice about it.

    Someone who would be offended or bothered by a pleasant smiling "no worries" or "no problem" is a derp, frankly, and can safely be ignored.

    LOLGFY


    I'm trying to see if that will catch on.

    If not maybe 'Smell Ya Later' will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    LOLGFY


    I'm trying to see if that will catch on.

    If not maybe 'Smell Ya Later' will do.

    just tried LOLGFY in the office; don't think people knew what it meant.

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    How do you actually say LOLGFY out loud to someone?

    el-oh-el-gee-ef-why? or LOL-gee-ef-why? or LOL-gu-fy?


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    I said LOL-giffy, then spelled it out. Met with blank stares. Although, here in govt, blank stares are what we do best, so.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    I said LOL-giffy, then spelled it out. Met with blank stares. Although, here in govt, blank stares are what we do best, so.....
    I tend to go with lol-giffy myself.

    Oh, just used it in the Poli-Sci section, will let you know how it works out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    A weak cane to shake tbh.

    I was born before 1980, and I use both "You're welcome" and "no worries" pretty much interchangably, and never think twice about it.

    Someone who would be offended or bothered by a pleasant smiling "no worries" or "no problem" is a derp, frankly, and can safely be ignored.
    So you are admitting that you are not as sharp as you put on...I thought you had a good grasp of the English language.


    Maybe not.

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    No Problem, brah!

    The problem, is not welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    In 10 years, 'no problem' will be replaced by 'Mo Wilkerson'
    fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Churchill View Post
    Someone who would be offended or bothered by a pleasant smiling "no worries" or "no problem" is a derp, frankly, and can safely be ignored.
    One might wonder how you get through any one day without crossing someone off your list of those who can be dealt with. The weight of the world on one mans shoulders.

    You're a fun guy.

    Fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishooked View Post
    LOLGFY


    I'm trying to see if that will catch on.

    If not maybe 'Smell Ya Later' will do.

    Hover bus, or non-hover bus?

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