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Skaut_Ech
05-31-2005, 12:52 PM
This is really getting to be a pet peeve of mine. If you do something for me and I respond, "Thank you." the proper response is not

"Not a problem."

WTF is that? What happened to "you're welcome"?

It comes across as a totally inappropriate response to my appreciating something you did. I didn't ask if it was a problem. Matter of fact, I don't care if it was a problem. Why do so many people respond to a courteous statement like "Thank you" with "Not a problem"? If I'm being courteous to you, don't come back with something stupid like that.

I just got that twice this morning. Once at work and once while I was getting coffee before work.

Am I the only one that finds that a discourteous and stupid response to "Thank you"?

For some reason, it's getting to be a grating pet peeve of mine.

SoupIsGood
05-31-2005, 01:33 PM
I usually say "you're welcome." Except it comes out "Y'welcum."

Hicks
05-31-2005, 01:37 PM
I will occasionally say 'no problem'.

Harmonica
05-31-2005, 01:39 PM
I think you need to unwind a little.

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I was next in line when a man came up and placed a pack of gum on the counter in front of me. So I said, "Are you only getting the gum?" And he turned and looked at me like I was crazy and said indignantly, "Yes." Now, normally I would have said something more, but I let it go. The cashier was more incensed than me and said, "You handled that well. That's a big pet peeve of mine." That I can understand. The "Not a problem" thing is small potatoes. By the way, this is the second time this has happened to me in the past couple of months. The first time I did say something.

SoupIsGood
05-31-2005, 01:43 PM
Just for the record, I've always considered "no problem" to be nearly the same as "Y'welcum." I don't think it should be taken literally.

I think it's supposed to mean they enjoyed doing it, as in, they like helping out....

SoupIsGood
05-31-2005, 01:46 PM
I think you need to unwind a little.

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I was next in line when a man came up and placed a pack of gum on the counter in front of me. So I said, "Are you only getting the gum?" And he turned and looked at me like I was crazy and said indignantly, "Yes." Now, normally I would have said something more, but I let it go. The cashier was more incensed than me and said, "You handled that well. That's a big pet peeve of mine." That I can understand. The "Not a problem" thing is small potatoes. By the way, this is the second time this has happened to me in the past couple of months. The first time I did say something.

Just wondering... what do you do for a living? You seem to be intelligent and perceptive, I always figured you for a doctor. Maybe even a psychiatrist.

Hicks
05-31-2005, 01:48 PM
I think it's supposed to mean they enjoyed doing it, as in, they like helping out....

That's my interpretation as well.

Stryder
05-31-2005, 02:30 PM
I think you need to unwind a little.

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I was next in line when a man came up and placed a pack of gum on the counter in front of me. So I said, "Are you only getting the gum?" And he turned and looked at me like I was crazy and said indignantly, "Yes." Now, normally I would have said something more, but I let it go. The cashier was more incensed than me and said, "You handled that well. That's a big pet peeve of mine." That I can understand. The "Not a problem" thing is small potatoes. By the way, this is the second time this has happened to me in the past couple of months. The first time I did say something.


Did the man cut in front of you?

I agree with you here. There is no use or any reason to get mad about things that you cannot control. People will talk they way that they want to.

Harmonica
05-31-2005, 02:38 PM
Did the man cut in front of you?

Yes, there was a woman in front of me and she was finishing and the cashier was just about to ring me up when the man stepped in front of me and put his pack of gum on the counter in front of my items. Unbelievable.

MagicRat
05-31-2005, 03:07 PM
I think you need to unwind a little.

Yesterday I was at the grocery store and I was next in line when a man came up and placed a pack of gum on the counter in front of me. So I said, "Are you only getting the gum?" And he turned and looked at me like I was crazy and said indignantly, "Yes." Now, normally I would have said something more, but I let it go. The cashier was more incensed than me and said, "You handled that well. That's a big pet peeve of mine." That I can understand. The "Not a problem" thing is small potatoes. By the way, this is the second time this has happened to me in the past couple of months. The first time I did say something.

bulletproof would've ripped into him. Harmonica just lets it go......:cry: ......:-p

MagicRat
05-31-2005, 03:47 PM
Just wondering... what do you do for a living? You seem to be intelligent and perceptive, I always figured you for a doctor. Maybe even a psychiatrist.

Not sure what he does exactly, but it seems like I remember a discussion some time ago that he was some sort of medical specialist and Donnie Walsh was a patient.......

ChicagoJ
05-31-2005, 04:38 PM
:spitout:

Man, you never forget anything...

Doug
05-31-2005, 05:08 PM
I say "No Problem" often in place of "You're Welcome".

I use it to mean exactly like Soup said, "I think it's supposed to mean they enjoyed doing it, as in, they like helping out...."

But, that's exactly what I think I mean when I say "You're Welcome", too.

Skaut_Ech
05-31-2005, 06:01 PM
I say "No Problem" often in place of "You're Welcome".

I use it to mean exactly like Soup said, "I think it's supposed to mean they enjoyed doing it, as in, they like helping out...."

But, that's exactly what I think I mean when I say "You're Welcome", too.

Then why don't you guys say, "my pleasure", which is another polite response? "No problem" doesn't strike me as a courteous response.

I think "no problem" is some kind of trendy, new response, but it still doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't seem appropriate.

To me, "no problem" says "you didn't inconvenience me, hence it was no problem." For me, it's like saying, "you're welcome since you didn't trouble me."

It really isn't that big a deal to me, honest, but it IS irritating. It's like, how far away from basic english language are we going to stray for the sake of trendy, or a deviation for no reason.

-Was it hard fixing my sparkplugs?

-No problem

-Thanks for doing a good job.

-You're welcome

Now, that exchange makes sense to me. :)

(Okay, am I sounding totally anal or what? :blush: :unimpress )

Stryder
05-31-2005, 06:31 PM
Then why don't you guys say, "my pleasure", which is another polite response? "No problem" doesn't strike me as a courteous response.

I think "no problem" is some kind of trendy, new response, but it still doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't seem appropriate.

To me, "no problem" says "you didn't inconvenience me, hence it was no problem." For me, it's like saying, "you're welcome since you didn't trouble me."

It really isn't that big a deal to me, honest, but it IS irritating. It's like, how far away from basic english language are we going to stray for the sake of trendy, or a deviation for no reason.

-Was it hard fixing my sparkplugs?

-No problem

-Thanks for doing a good job.

-You're welcome

Now, that exchange makes sense to me. :)

(Okay, am I sounding totally anal or what? :blush: :unimpress )

Freud would say you probably had difficulty in your potty-training stage of life.

:)

But it's all good. It's what makes the world go 'round. Diversity and difference of opinion/thought, that is...

Roy Munson
05-31-2005, 06:40 PM
Then why don't you guys say, "my pleasure", which is another polite response? "No problem" doesn't strike me as a courteous response.

I think "no problem" is some kind of trendy, new response, but it still doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't seem appropriate.

To me, "no problem" says "you didn't inconvenience me, hence it was no problem." For me, it's like saying, "you're welcome since you didn't trouble me."

It really isn't that big a deal to me, honest, but it IS irritating. It's like, how far away from basic english language are we going to stray for the sake of trendy, or a deviation for no reason.

-Was it hard fixing my sparkplugs?

-No problem

-Thanks for doing a good job.

-You're welcome

Now, that exchange makes sense to me. :)

(Okay, am I sounding totally anal or what? :blush: :unimpress )

I agree with others above that you ought to relax. It's just an insignificant figure of speech. Now if the exchange went like this:

You: "Thank You",

Other guy: "(says nothing)"...

I can see being upset about that.

or

You: "Thank You",

Other guy: "hmmph...."

That is kind of rude.

but

You: "Thank you",

Other guy: "no problem"

is perfectly polite and acceptable. There is no disprespect intended. I guess you might want to judge the tone of the "no problem", but in general I would think it is positive pleasant response.

Often I replace the greeting "Hello", with "How are you". I wonder if people think I'm I jerk. Usually, I don't care how a person is, It is just a figure of speech and a habit that I have.

Go have have a drink or something. You need to unwind.

SoupIsGood
05-31-2005, 07:33 PM
I do not think "No problem" is a deviation from the English language, but I know what you meant... I think.

SoupIsGood
05-31-2005, 07:37 PM
Does a lack of enunciation **** anyone here off.... because it really does me. I think the word, I say the word, but it still comes out garbled.

I am grateful that I don't have a lithp, though.

MagicRat
05-31-2005, 08:57 PM
Here's something I found on a blog while googling this topic:

OK, I used to be a sucker for all those stupid relationship self-help books. In the Mars and Venus ones, the author says that men LOVE hearing "no problem" but women do not. To a woman, it is exactly like one of your commenters said, "so there was a a problem to begin with?" but for men, it's like saying "Yes, I was happy to do that for you. Feel free to ask again."

Be a man, Skaut!

Harmonica
05-31-2005, 09:30 PM
bulletproof would've ripped into him. Harmonica just lets it go......:cry: ......:-p

So maybe there is hope for Ron then. Next time a cup is thrown, maybe he'll just let it go.

Skaut_Ech
05-31-2005, 11:20 PM
Here's something I found on a blog while googling this topic:

OK, I used to be a sucker for all those stupid relationship self-help books. In the Mars and Venus ones, the author says that men LOVE hearing "no problem" but women do not. To a woman, it is exactly like one of your commenters said, "so there was a a problem to begin with?" but for men, it's like saying "Yes, I was happy to do that for you. Feel free to ask again."

Be a man, Skaut!

LOL...well, I did get a pretty high score on the "Gay or not" thread!

kerosene
05-31-2005, 11:41 PM
I use both "You're welcome" and "No problem". Depends on the situation. I don't think that when I say "No problem" I mean it in a flippant way or is meant to demean the "Thank you" but I can understand why you would have a pet peeve about that. Odd though, I'm generally polite to a fault with strangers even going so far as to thank the guy at 7-11 whose primitive math skills caused me to wait in line twice as long as I normally would have had to at the end of our exchange. I think that's a midwestern thing or maybe just something with upbringing like learning some humility at a younger age which I never really noticed until I moved here. It's not often that I hear other people do that and when I do hear it it's usually from someone I know who happens to also be from the Midwest. Dunno, an observation, got sidetracked.

Thank you for starting this thread ;)

Will Galen
06-01-2005, 05:39 AM
For what it's worth I agree with Scott . . . and so do all my lady friends.

MagicRat
06-01-2005, 03:53 PM
So I come out of my local Burger King after lunch this afternoon, get into my car and turn the key. Click-click-click. Won't start.

Get out, look under the hood. Nothing I can really do. Don't know why I even did that. Shut the hood, try it again. Same thing.

Start walking across the parking lot to the Village Pantry to use the phone when a guy calls out, "Hey, you need a jump?"

I say, "Yeah, I think so. Do you have any cables?"

He does, so we push my car out of the parking space so we can jump it. Starts right up. After I take off the cables, I go up to him and say, "Thanks a lot. I really appreciate the help" and shake his hand.

"No problem...no problem," he replies.

I punch him square in the nose, get in my car and drive to Pep Boys to see what's wrong with my car......

ChicagoJ
06-01-2005, 04:29 PM
Aren't your fists considered lethal weapons, muscle boy?

Diamond Dave
06-01-2005, 04:46 PM
So I come out of my local Burger King after lunch this afternoon, get into my car and turn the key. Click-click-click. Won't start.

Get out, look under the hood. Nothing I can really do. Don't know why I even did that. Shut the hood, try it again. Same thing.

Start walking across the parking lot to the Village Pantry to use the phone when a guy calls out, "Hey, you need a jump?"

I say, "Yeah, I think so. Do you have any cables?"

He does, so we push my car out of the parking space so we can jump it. Starts right up. After I take off the cables, I go up to him and say, "Thanks a lot. I really appreciate the help" and shake his hand.

"No problem...no problem," he replies.

I punch him square in the nose, get in my car and drive to Pep Boys to see what's wrong with my car......

Okay, now I very rarely actually laugh while reading something. I laugh in my mind, or someone comes along in my head and says "Hey, thats funny." However this post actually made me laugh out loud. I knew something like this was coming, but it was everything I hoped it could be when it got here. :laugh:

Doug
06-01-2005, 05:20 PM
My nose still hurts.

Vicious Tyrant
06-01-2005, 08:05 PM
Skaut, you are clearly a highly perceptive individual. First weren't you the one who noticed that hot lady coach from the women's NCAA Tournament - and did you receive thanks from this board? Sadly no - only scorn.

Now you mention one of the most irritating, impolite phrases extant and again - do you receive the thanks you richly deserve? No, only more scorn from these neanderthals.

Worry not, however, I can confirm that the phrase "Not a problem" needs to be skewered and quickly. It's totally irritating.


And to those of you who disagree, you're probably still hooked on saying "Hammer Time!" and "You be illin'", so back off!

Hicks
06-01-2005, 08:16 PM
You've nailed it. We are all like that. Yo.

SoupIsGood
06-01-2005, 09:59 PM
Skaut, you are clearly a highly perceptive individual. First weren't you the one who noticed that hot lady coach from the women's NCAA Tournament - and did you receive thanks from this board? Sadly no - only scorn.

Now you mention one of the most irritating, impolite phrases extant and again - do you receive the thanks you richly deserve? No, only more scorn from these neanderthals.

Worry not, however, I can confirm that the phrase "Not a problem" needs to be skewered and quickly. It's totally irritating.


And to those of you who disagree, you're probably still hooked on saying "Hammer Time!" and "You be illin'", so back off!

I hope this was sarcastic, dawg.

Kegboy
06-01-2005, 10:33 PM
For the record, I say "not a problem". The intention is self-effacing, saying it was no big deal not worthy of thanks.

Now, on to my pet peeve. When did "Hello" become replaced with "Hey, how ya doin'?" And no, I'm not talking about Joey-esque pickup lines. The expected response is always, "Good, how are you?" Try saying anything else. Say, "Eh", and they'll look at you wierd, because they don't really care how you are, even though they just asked you. Just say, "Good", and they'll still look at you wierd, because, doggoneit, you didn't ask them in return. It just infuriates the hell out of me. I don't give a damn how anybody else is, and I sure as hell don't want to take the time to tell them I've having a crappy day.

I should just say, "I'm still mad that David Stern is an egomaniac ******* suffering from Napoleonic issues and that Larry Bird raised my season ticket prices 60%. Uncle Buck says I've become a very bitter man. How are you?"

[edit] So Skaut, I'll make a deal with you. If you can get everybody I ever talk to to stop asking me how I'm doing (especially my boss that asks me every single time she talks to me, no matter if we talked 5 minutes ago), then I'll stop saying "not a problem".

MagicRat
06-02-2005, 10:15 AM
Just in case any of you were wondering, the correct answer is "alternator".....and a visit from Dave Gorcyca. How he got jurisdiction I'll never know....

MagicRat
06-02-2005, 10:16 AM
Now, on to my pet peeve. When did "Hello" become replaced with "Hey, how ya doin'?" And no, I'm not talking about Joey-esque pickup lines. The expected response is always, "Good, how are you?" Try saying anything else. Say, "Eh", and they'll look at you wierd, because they don't really care how you are, even though they just asked you. Just say, "Good", and they'll still look at you wierd, because, doggoneit, you didn't ask them in return. It just infuriates the hell out of me. I don't give a damn how anybody else is, and I sure as hell don't want to take the time to tell them I've having a crappy day.

Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays.......:(

Kegboy
06-02-2005, 11:03 AM
Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays.......:(

That cuts it, I'm definitely pulling a Tim on your sorry *** the next forum party.

MagicRat
06-02-2005, 11:37 AM
That cuts it, I'm definitely pulling a Tim on your sorry *** the next forum party.

You're going to drive my car into the Burlington Coat Factory?.....

ChicagoJ
06-02-2005, 11:45 AM
:lol: What a thread.

Kegboy
06-02-2005, 12:18 PM
You're going to drive my car into the Burlington Coat Factory?.....

Don't think I won't.

Shade
06-02-2005, 01:01 PM
You're going to drive my car into the Burlington Coat Factory?.....

:lmao:

Shade
06-02-2005, 01:02 PM
This thread is disturbingly Seinfeldesque...

Harddrive7
06-02-2005, 01:26 PM
This thread is disturbingly Seinfeldesque...



Ding ding ding. VERY seinfeld.

It reminds me of the regular "hello" opposed to the Funeral "hello"

Shade
06-02-2005, 01:35 PM
Btw, the thing that annoys me considerably is when you hold the door open for someone and they don't even acknowledge you. I usually let out a slight "You're welcome, jackass" when that happens. :annoyed:

PHC Fan
06-02-2005, 02:15 PM
Skaut, you are clearly a highly perceptive individual. First weren't you the one who noticed that hot lady coach from the women's NCAA Tournament - and did you receive thanks from this board? Sadly no - only scorn.

Now you mention one of the most irritating, impolite phrases extant and again - do you receive the thanks you richly deserve? No, only more scorn from these neanderthals.

Worry not, however, I can confirm that the phrase "Not a problem" needs to be skewered and quickly. It's totally irritating.


And to those of you who disagree, you're probably still hooked on saying "Hammer Time!" and "You be illin'", so back off!
You be illin with that post, yo!!!! You laid it out like it was hammer time!!!!

Vicious Tyrant
06-02-2005, 03:04 PM
I hope this was sarcastic, dawg.

Jump back!

I suppose I was being a bit of a jive turkey about Hammer Time and You be Illin', but the rest was righteous.

Or maybe you were referring to the lady coach - in that case step off! I'm unrepentant!!

btw, I can't figure out how to put smileys in my messages, so I can't make it sound like I want it to. Frak!

Vicious Tyrant
06-02-2005, 03:06 PM
Now, on to my pet peeve. When did "Hello" become replaced with "Hey, how ya doin'?" And no, I'm not talking about Joey-esque pickup lines. The expected response is always, "Good, how are you?" Try saying anything else. Say, "Eh", and they'll look at you wierd, because they don't really care how you are, even though they just asked you. Just say, "Good", and they'll still look at you wierd, because, doggoneit, you didn't ask them in return. It just infuriates the hell out of me. I don't give a damn how anybody else is, and I sure as hell don't want to take the time to tell them I've having a crappy day.

I should just say, "I'm still mad that David Stern is an egomaniac ******* suffering from Napoleonic issues and that Larry Bird raised my season ticket prices 60%. Uncle Buck says I've become a very bitter man. How are you?"



I try to say "And you?" when people ask how I'm doing. They never even realize I didn't say how I'm doing!

Try it, its rad!

Hicks
06-02-2005, 03:23 PM
Click "Post Reply" to reply with smilies on your right to choose from, along with a link to a ton more.

Vicious Tyrant
06-02-2005, 04:12 PM
Hmmmm, I don't get any smileys. Just some "post icons".

Hicks
06-02-2005, 04:14 PM
Your profile was set to the most bland option for posting replies, I switched it to WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) mode. Try clicking Post Reply now.

Vicious Tyrant
06-02-2005, 05:05 PM
Ha ha! Awesome!

Thanks, I had no idea....

:D

Practice:

:) :-p :rolleyes: :devil: :censored: :buddies: :laugh: :(

Kraft
07-19-2005, 01:53 PM
So I just now read this thread. And - oddly - it might be one of the more intelligent threads on the whole forum.

I do use "not a problem" and quite frequently. But ... I think I only use it with guys. Women almost always get a "you're welcome, my dear." But my guy friends ...

They'll say ... "Hey, thanks for bringing that to my attention."

I'll respond ... "Not a problem, my man, not a problem. That's what I'm here for."

Of course, a lot of them are my subordinates, so that is what I'm there for. Moreover, though, we're all way, way younger than Scott.

Zesty
07-19-2005, 03:06 PM
I have been known to say "no problem" in response to being thanked, and I always mean that there was no need to thank me, although I honestly would probably be pissed if I wasn't thanked in the first place.

VT, I use the same strategy when people ask me how I'm doing.

Sample Person: "Hey, how ya doin'?"
Zesty: "How are you?"

I do this because I am aware of the fact that when someone asks how I am as a greeting, they don't actually want to know, they're just being polite.

Kegboy
07-19-2005, 05:14 PM
You're going to drive my car into the Burlington Coat Factory?.....

Damn it! I knew I forgot to do something.

Next time, Rat. Next time.

Bball
07-21-2005, 02:05 AM
So I come out of my local Burger King after lunch this afternoon, get into my car and turn the key. Click-click-click. Won't start.

Get out, look under the hood. Nothing I can really do. Don't know why I even did that. Shut the hood, try it again. Same thing.

Start walking across the parking lot to the Village Pantry to use the phone when a guy calls out, "Hey, you need a jump?"

I say, "Yeah, I think so. Do you have any cables?"

He does, so we push my car out of the parking space so we can jump it. Starts right up.

Why is it the guy whose car doesn't need a jump is the one that always has the jumper cables? Shouldn't the guy driving the jalopy that is always in need of repair be the guy that carries jumper cables?

;)

-Bball

GO!!!!!
07-25-2005, 02:53 AM
Why is it the guy whose car doesn't need a jump is the one that always has the jumper cables? Shouldn't the guy driving the jalopy that is always in need of repair be the guy that carries jumper cables?

;)

-Bball
It's one of life's mystery's it's like the dude that always wins twenty bucks on a scratchy but yet wears an Armani jacket while he lil kid wearing his Pacer Retreads can't win 20cents to buy some gum...... life is just wonderfully weird...


I think the whole no problem thing is a sign of modern culture, I tend to use it to much but I use it sarcastically like when I'm at work and some one asks me to do a BS Job for them I Smile when I'm done and they go thank you and I smile back and say hey, no problem While having very very nasty thoughts about how much hassle and a pain that bullocks of a job really was....

MagicRat
08-01-2005, 11:05 AM
Why is it the guy whose car doesn't need a jump is the one that always has the jumper cables? Shouldn't the guy driving the jalopy that is always in need of repair be the guy that carries jumper cables?

;)

-Bball

Hey, this baby's never given me a hint of trouble until that day. Plus I don't have any place to carry jumper cables since the kids have to ride in the trunk and I don't want them to accidentally pinch their fingers..........

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Anthro/hammel/exhibit/images/c.%20gene%20w.sons%20in%20jalopy.jpg

Skaut_Ech
08-01-2005, 03:48 PM
Of course, a lot of them are my subordinates, so that is what I'm there for. Moreover, though, we're all way, way younger than Scott.

Well, well, look at the funny man. I'll thank you to to show some respect for your elders. And if you say "not a problem", it is ON! :1ouch: :fight: :security:


Skaut, you are clearly a highly perceptive individual. First weren't you the one who noticed that hot lady coach from the women's NCAA Tournament - and did you receive thanks from this board? Sadly no - only scorn.

Now you mention one of the most irritating, impolite phrases extant and again - do you receive the thanks you richly deserve? No, only more scorn from these neanderthals.

Worry not, however, I can confirm that the phrase "Not a problem" needs to be skewered and quickly. It's totally irritating.


And to those of you who disagree, you're probably still hooked on saying "Hammer Time!" and "You be illin'", so back off!

Word!! I knew you had my back, homie. You are the bomb. See, folks, VT knows what's up. The boy is fresh. He understands me perfectly, why he....he....uh, you're being sarcastic, aren't you? Dayam! Why you gots to be illin'? :djmixing:


Now, on to my pet peeve. When did "Hello" become replaced with "Hey, how ya doin'?" And no, I'm not talking about Joey-esque pickup lines. The expected response is always, "Good, how are you?" Try saying anything else. Say, "Eh", and they'll look at you wierd, because they don't really care how you are, even though they just asked you. Just say, "Good", and they'll still look at you wierd, because, doggoneit, you didn't ask them in return. It just infuriates the hell out of me.

Yeah, I never got that one either. What passes for courtesy/politeness has gotten casual to the point of non-sensical. Speaking of how ya doing...

Sunday, my niece spent the nite. My wife and I got up and went out onto the porch to read the paper, niece in tow. Before we could catch her, my niece closed the LOCKED door behind her before we could tun the latch. :yes: Yes!! locked out of my own house. So my wife goes to the neighbors to borrow a screwdriver so I can pry a window. She explained to him what happened and as he walks out to his truck to get his tools, he waves at me and says "How ya doing?" How am I doing? How am I doing? I'm standing in my undies with those little lines on my face from when you sleep too hard and the pillow leaves creases where the folds were, my mouth still tastes like the beer I was drinking the nite before and I'm locked out of my house like my wife just told you!! How am I doing? Arrgghh!!


Ha ha! Awesome!

Thanks, I had no idea....

:D

Practice:

:) :-p :rolleyes: :devil: :censored: :buddies: :laugh: :(

Oh, great, Hicks. Isn't that kinda like giving a metally-challenged kid gasoline and a pack of matches to play with?

Vicious Tyrant
08-01-2005, 04:28 PM
Jump back!

I was in no way being sarcastic. I actually considered posting to tell MR to back off derailing this thread from its original intention of ERADICATING THIS IRRITATING PHRASE!!!!!


Sunday, my niece spent the nite. My wife and I got up and went out onto the porch to read the paper, niece in tow. Before we could catch her, my niece closed the LOCKED door behind her before we could tun the latch. Yes!! locked out of my own house. So my wife goes to the neighbors to borrow a screwdriver so I can pry a window. She explained to him what happened and as he walks out to his truck to get his tools, he waves at me and says "How ya doing?" How am I doing? How am I doing? I'm standing in my undies with those little lines on my face from when you sleep too hard and the pillow leaves creases where the folds were, my mouth still tastes like the beer I was drinking the nite before and I'm locked out of my house like my wife just told you!! How am I doing? Arrgghh!!


Uhhhh Scott? I don't think anyone actually asked you!

Shade
08-02-2005, 12:21 PM
So...umm...

How you guys doin'?

:brick:

Doug
08-02-2005, 12:54 PM
When someone ask me "how you doing?" I pause and then give a thoughful, realistic answer.

I bet that p!sses some people off.

Also, just because of this thread, I've re-evaluated my use of "not a problem" or "no problem" in place of "you're welcome".

Now I just say "f*** you!"



Just kidding. I'm starting to use "you're welcome" again. But I feel so un-cool... :-)

Vicious Tyrant
08-02-2005, 02:27 PM
If only one person sees the light through this thread, it will have been worth it.


But I feel so un-cool... :-)

Uhhhh, how did you feel before? ;)

Doug
08-02-2005, 02:32 PM
Uhhhh, how did you feel before? ;)

Yep. Pretty much the same.

I think I'll stick with "You're welcome", but follow it up with a chest bump. That should make me hip.

MarionDeputy
08-03-2005, 01:21 AM
When someone says thank you to me, I usually say "no problem" when it was really a problem but I'm trying to be polite. I say "your welcome" if I really feel like its a legit thank you. I side with Skaut on this one.....

MagicRat
08-03-2005, 01:26 AM
Yep. Pretty much the same.

I think I'll stick with "You're welcome", but follow it up with a chest bump. That should make me hip.

I think you should follow it up with http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/image.php?u=472&dateline=1122117699 or http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/image.php?u=310&dateline=1122403687...


I'll just remember never to ask you to do anything that would require thanking.......

Vicious Tyrant
08-03-2005, 10:44 AM
Rat!

Heather is married to Briggsy! Drop it! Live in the now! You've got to purge those thoughts from your mind, they're taking over your every waking moment!

MagicRat
08-03-2005, 10:46 AM
Rat!

Heather is married to Briggsy! Drop it! Live in the now! You've got to purge those thoughts from your mind, they're taking over your every waking moment!

Nah. I just wanted you to make you look at Zesty's avatar.......

Vicious Tyrant
08-03-2005, 10:48 AM
Maybe we could email Jaskivei\ckseus and advise him to teabag other players after a sweet move. He seems like the type.

Skaut_Ech
09-28-2005, 11:05 AM
This is really getting to be a pet peeve of mine. If you do something for me and I respond, "Thank you." the proper response is not

"Not a problem."

WTF is that? What happened to "you're welcome"?

It comes across as a totally inappropriate response to my appreciating something you did. I didn't ask if it was a problem. Matter of fact, I don't care if it was a problem. Why do so many people respond to a courteous statement like "Thank you" with "Not a problem"? If I'm being courteous to you, don't come back with something stupid like that.

I just got that twice this morning. Once at work and once while I was getting coffee before work.

Am I the only one that finds that a discourteous and stupid response to "Thank you"?

For some reason, it's getting to be a grating pet peeve of mine.

Okay, I'm going to drop kick the next person that comes back with 'not a problem" to my thanking them, then I'm going to say "Not a problem!!" Either that or simply quit thanking people.

This morning I had three co-workers respond with that so casual-so cool phrase, so I asked them, why they say that, pointing out that I never asked if it was a problem for them, but was thanking them and didn't it seem like "not a problem" didn't make much sense as a response and was kinda discourteous, since someone just thanked them?

When I pointed it out, all three agreed that "not a problem" was kind of a stupid response to someone giving them thanks. Thing is, not a one of them knew why they used that phrase. They just heard it around, it sounded casual, so they started using it.

Man, that phrase grates.

I know, from now on instead of saying "thank you", I'll respond with a homily or platitude: "A stitch in time saves nine!" "A rolling stone gathers no moss!"

dannyboy
09-28-2005, 11:37 AM
I don't use it with people I'm not acquainted with, only family and friends. But when I say it, its like a combination of 'My pleasure' and 'Don't mention it'. Saying 'No problem' is a short way of saying 'Although I appreciate your gratitude, you are very important to me so anything that I can do for is my pleasure and, in my opinion, does not even deserve a thank you'.

Hicks
09-28-2005, 11:43 AM
I think you just have to keep in mind that it's simply slang, and of course not meant literally (although it can be I guess). I wouldn't take it any more literally than when something is considered "cool".

Hicks
09-28-2005, 11:45 AM
Of course, you could get angry about that one too.

"Excuse me? Did you just say that was, 'cool'?

Tell me, does it feel cold to the touch? If I put it in my drink, will it provide me a refreshing ice-cold beverage? What a stupid phrase!"

;)

Kegboy
09-28-2005, 12:36 PM
Okay, I'm going to drop kick the next person that comes back with 'not a problem" to my thanking them, then I'm going to say "Not a problem!!" Either that or simply quit thanking people.

This morning I had three co-workers respond with that so casual-so cool phrase, so I asked them, why they say that, pointing out that I never asked if it was a problem for them, but was thanking them and didn't it seem like "not a problem" didn't make much sense as a response and was kinda discourteous, since someone just thanked them?

When I pointed it out, all three agreed that "not a problem" was kind of a stupid response to someone giving them thanks. Thing is, not a one of them knew why they used that phrase. They just heard it around, it sounded casual, so they started using it.

Man, that phrase grates.

I know, from now on instead of saying "thank you", I'll respond with a homily or platitude: "A stitch in time saves nine!" "A rolling stone gathers no moss!"

What are people supposed to say, Scott, "you're welcome"?

What do you think that means? The origins or it are literally, "you are welcome at my home". Now, 98% of the people who thank me, I don't ever want coming to my house.

That's why, thanks to this thread, I now just roll my eyes and say "whatever" when somebody thanks me.

Hicks
09-28-2005, 12:38 PM
When someone thanks me I knee them in the balls with a warm smile.

grace
09-28-2005, 01:38 PM
I've decided the next time I do something that gets me a "thank you" I'm going to respond with "It was a huge problem for me to do it and you're not welcome because I didn't want to do it in the first place! :tongue: "

SycamoreKen
09-28-2005, 11:12 PM
I think I'll start replying with "Well that and a dollar will buy me a coke. A cash tip would be greatly appriciated next time."

Doug
10-03-2005, 10:10 AM
While we're on little cultural things like this...

What's with the fist-to-fist punch instead of a handshake?

I can't see that without wanting to yell "Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!"

RWB
10-03-2005, 10:22 AM
When someone says thank you to me, I usually say "no problem" when it was really a problem but I'm trying to be polite. I say "your welcome" if I really feel like its a legit thank you. I side with Skaut on this one.....

MD, if this irks you and Scott I hate to think what happens when that drunken fool throws up, craps, or wizzes in the back of your car. :laugh:

Skaut_Ech
10-03-2005, 10:28 AM
While we're on little cultural things like this...

What's with the fist-to-fist punch instead of a handshake?

I can't see that without wanting to yell "Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!" You might like this article, Doug:,br /> "In a world of vast complexities one has managed to surpass them all. And that is the handshake ... or pound ... or high five ... or high five/pound ... or high five/handshake/pound ... or handshake/hug ... or high five/handshake/pound ... or, well, I'm lost. So why exactly have we taken the greeting, the most basic of human gestures, and turned it into this stream of choreographed brotherly movements? Greetings vary so much from person to person that this art must be regulated if we are to continue approaching people. The complex greetings have created five factions: those who pound, those who high five, those who shake, those who bachelor-hug and those who combine any of the previous. The problem with these factions is that you never know of which one people are a part of. For instance, when I was walking to lunch the other day, I saw someone I knew and went to give him a high five, but little did I know he was a pounder. So there I was feeling stupid as I had the hand open for the high five and he pounded right in the middle. I felt like I was playing rock, paper, scissors and the paper was covering the rock. Or when you meet someone who likes to do the bachelor-hug. A bachelor hug is when there is a quick handshake or high five followed by a pulling in and a quick pat on the back. This can cause a problem because there are some people you just don't want to get that close to. There are some people you would just like to give a high five and leave it at that. But no, for some reason they pull you in like they haven't seen you for years. That is by far one of the more awkward moments in life, just short of the too-soon attempt at a first kiss. About a week ago, I saw one of my friends, and I approached him. And as I got closer to him I put my hand out to begin the high-five/pound combination. Only it went wrong, way wrong. I thought it would just be the high-five/pound thing, but no, it went straight from the high five to the handshake to a few other indescribable movements, and there I was, with a look of utter stupor on my face. I was so unprepared for what just happened. While the whole thing was going on, my hand just went limp as he continued his greeting almost like a dancer dancing around while the partner had fallen into a coma standing up. I was so embarrassed. Never before had I messed up a greeting so badly. I know when I walked away he was laughing at me on the inside, but it wasn't entirely my fault. I was out of my league, really. The greeting is just too damn complicated. It's nonsensical, really. There should be a regulation, or at least a sign people can wear so as to stop this greeting mishap from happening. First of all, a greeting should take no longer than two seconds. Once you go past that, it's a workout, really. And, unless you know someone really well, just refrain from giving the bachelor hug at any time. One day we can design the universal greeting, but until then just keep it as basic as possible to minimize mistakes. " ,br /> I'm a fist2fist puncher. Sorta. I only do it with my dad and brothers. No one else. It actually started because we were making fun of rappers being oh-so-cool with their greetings, then we just got comfortable with it and that's how we always greet each other, although Dad keeps pissing me off cause sometimes he wears this ugly *** lion's head ring and he give me a punch pound and I'm like, Dad!! ring!!