[thechat] Pet Hate

Sabrina Dent, Apperception sabrina.dent at appercept.co.uk
Tue May 24 17:42:25 CDT 2005


> -----Original Message-----
> From: thechat-bounces at lists.evolt.org 
> [mailto:thechat-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Sean German
> > Someone calls to visit. You naturally offer them a cup of tea. The 
> > danger is that instead of a straight Yes or No, they may say:
> > 
> > "If you're having one..."
> You've made a very good point.  This seemingly minor 
> annoyance is actually a symptom of a wide-spread social 
> issue.  People don't know (because they haven't been taught) 
> how to be polite.

> A "thank you" is acknowledged with "not at 
> all" or "no problem" rather than "you're welcome."

While I'm with you on the broad point, I reject the idea that "not at all"
is an inappropriate response to "thank you." Likewise, I think "no problem"
would be perfectly fine in casual conversation. I am not suggesting that we
treat our friends less politely than strangers but that our language can be
less formal. Why not?


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