[Ads-l] sarcastic "You're welcome."

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 23 11:39:25 EDT 2020


An example of assuming that outsiders to your specialty will understand
your assumptions, always a mistake.

MAM

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020, 9:16 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Below is a 2010 example in which "You're Welcome" was employed with
> great hostility.
>
> Michael Arrington, who founded TechCrunch, was asked to publish a
> piece about a forthcoming book covering Facebook. He was supposed to
> link to an article containing book excerpts located on the Fortune.com
> website. Arrington thought he was supposed to copy the excerpts, but
> the managing editor of Fortune.com became angry and told Arrington
> that he was not supposed to copy the excerpts. He was only supposed to
> use excerpts from the excerpts. A lawsuit was threatened.
>
> Arrington responded by writing an article titled "You're Welcome, You
> Bastards".
>
> Website: TechCrunch
> Article: Title: You're Welcome, You Bastards
> Article Author: Michael Arrington
> Article Date: May 13, 2010
> Article: Timestamp: 3:19 pm EDT
>
> https://techcrunch.com/2010/05/13/youre-welcome-you-bastards/
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> A week ago we posted two excerpts from Fortune columnist David
> Kirkpatrick’s new book The Facebook Effect. We’re big fans of
> Kirkpatrick and have been following his book progress since last year.
> When Fortune’s PR department called to ask us to print the excerpts,
> we quickly agreed.
> . . .
> Pure, unadulterated stupidity.
>
> The next time someone asks us for a favor, we’re less likely to do it
> given how this turned out. Hopefully, if you’re the one asking, you’ll
> understand. I want to help you, really, but you may just be too stupid
> to accept it without threatening to sue me later. You’ll understand,
> I’m sure. Right?
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson
>
> On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 7:52 PM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:
> >
> > The 2015 cit, I agree is sarcastic.
> >
> > But is the Ice-T one sarcastic or what I would call "anticipatory."?
> > (expressing "You should thank me.")
> >
> > ---Amy West
> >
> > On 6/23/20 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> > > Date:    Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:03:11 -0400
> > > From:    Jonathan Lighter<wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> > > Subject: sarcastic "You're welcome."
> > >
> > > I've been hearing this more and more.  Ex.: Ice-T does a TV commercial
> > > advising that you need car-repair insurance.  At the end, though no
> one's
> > > said "Thank you," he says flatly,"You're welcome."  The first few
> times I
> > > saw this, I thought it was an off-putting way to end a commercial.  The
> > > phrase has been deleted in recent runs of the ad.
> > >
> > > Earliest I've noted. (Sheer chance, BTW):   2015
> > > http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1502/09/se.01.html   * :*
> > >
> > > [IRAQ WAR VETERAN:] [Critics] are always going to say something
> derogatory
> > > about somebody else. So, you know, we did what we did for them to be
> able
> > > to...talk their trash, so you're welcome.
> > >
> > > JL
>
>

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