You’re Welcome vs No Problem

Every once in a while I read someone objecting to the use of “no problem” instead of “you’re welcome” in response to “thank you”. For the life of me, I cannot understand why some people hate “no problem.” I’ve said “you’re welcome” most of my life, but over the years I’ve slowly migrated to “no problem.”

“No problem” is said with the same spirit of kindness. It is also said by someone who just did something nice for you, or at the very least made some small gesture which you thought was worth thanking them for. So, now you’re mad at them because they didn’t respond with the words you wanted, or the words you think are more … polite? “No problem” is certainly meant to be polite. The person is saying, “Oh shucks, it was no trouble at all, and I was happy to do it.” It’s actually a little humbler than “you’re welcome.”

Speaking of saying thank you—thank you WWII veteran Jack Leroy Tueller for having compassion in the direst of circumstances. Your story made me cry this morning, but it was a good cry. I did my best to put myself in your shoes, to think what it was like to have endured what you endured when only in your twenties. I would like to believe that I would have been capable of such a gesture then, but I was so clueless at that age (not that I am so clue-full now). I’m sure I would have just felt fear and anger.

How on earth did you summon such heart in that situation? Where you just born that way? Was it something about how your parents raised you, or something you were exposed to that made you this generous in your response to life?

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Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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