Thank you for calling -> Thank you?

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat May 17 17:27:29 UTC 2014

On May 16, 2014, at 12:08 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> 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."

Thank you both for the responses.

Negative evidence isn't positive evidence, of course, so I still wonder whether this is something that some people say, and perhaps it's an expression that is being lost. BB

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