Today, a final word (yay!) and a verdict in the sticklers' favor (boo!):
Kingstowne, Va.: Can you stand one more comment on last week's issue about whether a waiter or waitress should use the phrase "no problem"? Seems to me that this is a silly phrase to use because it should be assumed that there is no problem--that is, if carrying out diners' requests is a problem, then the person needs to find another job!Repeat after me, people: Figure of speech.
Tom Sietsema: Agreed!
End of discussion. Case closed. Let's move along, people.
Does "You're welcome" really make any sense as a response to "Thank you"? And what's the deal with "How do you do"? (I liked Kramer's response: "I do great!") Figures of speech. If "no problem" is a problem for you, you have some significantly bigger problems.