Given that I am more than a half-century old and somewhat set in my ways, I like to think that I am still able to keep up with current times and adapt to new ways of thinking and doing things. Each generation of adults has had to learn the language of the young generation coming after them. Remember when "cool", "groovy" and "far out" were part of our everyday vocabulary? A new bit of youth-speak has developed in recent years that annoys my husband and me to no end... when you say "thank you" to almost anyone under the age of thirty the common response now is not "you're welcome" as were taught is appropriate, but rather "no problem".
What?? I didn't really anticipate that it would be a problem for you to assist me in whatever way, since most likely you are in a job or situation where being of service is part of what you are paid for. Sometimes I want to blurt out "Well that's certainly a relief!" Yet I know that my oh-so-clever response would only be met with a blank stare or a look of pity. Where the hell did "no problem" come from? Who woke up one day and decided that was the better response to "thank you", and how many young lemmings followed blindly along?
I really don't think I am a fuddy-duddy, at least not yet, but I would so love to hear our young people return to a time of better manners all the way around, and saying "you're welcome" would be a great start. On the rare occasions that it does happen, I am pleasantly surprised and think to myself that some actual parenting must have taken place at this person's home. Am I just behind the times? Do you think "no problem" is the standard of the future? Or do we just have a group of young people who are so self-focused that they feel the need to let you know that at this particular moment we have not placed an unnecessary burden on their lives by requiring of them a bit of assistance or service. Ok, ok, I'll end this little rant now and focus on bigger issues, no problem! :-)
Note: This post is being shared at Sunday Scribblings where today's writing prompt is "modern".