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janicekatz
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Lex – 2009-10-08 2:21 PM

Ultimate Cheapskate, that’s an excellent article about the word ‘whatever’. It was really funny.
One saying that’s always annoyed me is the phrase ‘No problem.’ When people substitute this phrase in place of saying ‘your welcome’, that bothers me somewhat. But for some reason, the same saying(‘no problem’), sounds worse in Spanish ‘de nada.'(?spelling) I have a two year old, who watches Dora the Explorer and they say ‘de nada’ all the time. I just think it would be to teach the kids a better way to be polite by saying’Your welcome.’
Alexis

My Spanish teacher, so many years ago, translated de nada as “it’s nothing.” In her opinion, “it’s nothing” was far less arrogant and more polite than “you’re welcome.” “You’re welcome” seems to exult the person being thanked, at least according to my teacher. “It’s nothing” leaves the focus on the recipient of the favor, kind words, etc..