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September 26, 2014
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No Please or Thank You?

Copyright © 2014 Laura Fahrenthold

I have a big problem with “Not a problem.”

What ever happened to the simple pleasantry, “You’re welcome?”

Or “Sure” or even “No problem.”

But “Not a problem?” That is a problem. And it is becoming more of a problem as I find myself saying it despite myself.

Me: May I please have a coffee, milk, one sugar?

Girl: Not a problem. That will be two dollars.

Me: Not a problem, thank you.

Girl: Not a problem.

Me: Oh, actually will you add one more sugar?

Girl: Not a problem.

Me: OK, not a problem, thanks.

Girl: Not a problem.

Me: May I please have a napkin?

Girl: Not a problem.

Nine other really annoying things that people should just stop saying, as in right this very second:


  1. Everything happens for a reason.
  2. Don’t go there.
  3. Let’s touch base.
  4. We need to pick the low hanging fruit to get the project off the ground.
  5. No offense but…
  6. I’m not going to lie to you.
  7. It is what it is.
  8. Just sayin.’
  9. Whatever (this is usually followed by Mom as in, “Whatever Mom.” Oh yeah, don’t forget to add the eye roll.)

By Laura Fahrenthold





  1. Joanne says:

    Let’s not forget, “there’s nothing worse than,…”
    Usually when people say this, I can think of a whole
    lot of things that are worse. Way worse!

  2. Julie Strasenburgh says:

    My personal pet pieve,” I got this!” Besides being horrible grammar, it means nothing. ” You have what exactly?” In my experience the ” thing” the person “got” ends up not being anything close to what they thought they had in the first place. 🙂

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