Thank you for calling -> Thank you?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 16 19:08:49 UTC 2014

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> But I have no reason to believe it was ever a "standard" way of signing
> off.  My grandparents, for example, would say "G'bye," and I ordinarily
> just say "Bye," "OK, I'll talk to you soon," or something like that.

What he said.

But, remember the days when a telegram could be received by telephone? In a
case like that, people usually said "Thank you" to the Western Union
operator. Of course, such a case is subsumed under Jon's "response to the
reception of interesting news."
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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