whatever = "you're welcome"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 24 18:16:02 UTC 2010

Last week's prophecy that "Whatever!" will replace both "You're welcome!"
and "No problem!" was startlingly supported this morning when my
granddaughter responded with "Whatever!" to her mother's "Thank you!"

Mom objected forcefully that "Whatever!" does not mean "You're welcome!" and
is rude to boot. Kid replied that it's more polite than "You're welcome!"
because it means "No problem! I can do the same thing any time!"

Stay tuned for equivalent use of "Whatev!"


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