- Posted July 15, 2009 by
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Don't say that word
There are a ton of overused and improperly used words out there, but what's really irritated me lately isn't even a word, it's more of a useless sound. Say you're ending a business phone conversation, the other party thanks you, and you respond with "you're welcome"; WHY in the world do people now reply to "you're welcome" with "Mm. Buh-bye"? "Good-bye" should be sufficient! Who decided that "you're welcome" needs to be acknowledged with a insipid sounding grunt? "You're welcome" is already the acknowledgement to the phrase "thank you"; anything beyond that is simply unnecessary and sounds a little dumb. It's fine to be polite, but politeness overkill can get very old, very fast.