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by James Lee Jobe,posted Oct 26 2011 6:25PM
Out in the wild suburbs of Davis, language itself is changing. It seems to me that the use of the polite term 'you're welcome' is falling out of use. Is it just me or have you noticed this, too?
You're at the grocery store, checking out, and the clerk hands you the receipt. You say, "Thank you," as you have been trained to say. And the correct reply is, "You're welcome." But the clerk says, "No prob." He says it in a very friendly manner, and you just go on, but it feels a little odd.
At the cafe later, now paying attention, you thank the waitress for something, refilling your glass of iced tea perhaps, and she gives you, "sure thing," over her shoulder. The kid at the auto parts counter says, "righteous." The receptionist at the dentist said, "It's ok!"
It's not ok. Common decency and simple politeness elevate us from the snails and monkeys. Please. Thank you. You're welcome. Work with me here.... please. -Jobe