Wednesday, March 09, 2011

i was pleasantly surprised the other day at the conclusion of the report on the Middle East by NPR reporter Peter Kenyon. The news anchor thanked him and Mr. Kenyon responded with the traditional "You're welcome" instead of something like "no problem" or a reciprocal "Thank you".

As noted in the copy of earlier post, below, I have for some time been bemoaning the almost complete absence of this traditional reply.


About 10 years ago, I wrote a little piece about the response to "thank yous" on radio and television as hosts thank guests and corespondents. Nothing has changed; the response is still rarely the traditional "you're welcome".

Occurring most often is a replying "thank you", which theoretically could lead to an endless round of dueling "thank yous". It doesn't, however, and there are many other responses that end the segment. These range from "my pleasure"and "any time" to "no problem", "OK", and "sure".

Don't know the reason for the absence of "you're welcome", but I would welcome it back.


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