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Whatever…No Problem… Help!

Updated on March 10, 2012

The viewpoint expressed here is mine - get your own!

The English language is a strange and wonderful creature, often having a life of its own, created by men but obfuscated by teens.

I’m not talking about the strange abbreviations that instant messaging and short message services have created, rather the precision which certain words can replace sentences and even whole trains of thought.

One of my favorites is “whatever”.

Take this hypothesis:

We are having a discussion and I am making some interesting points on the procedures needed to get from one realistic event to another.

You could reply that you can understand my viewpoint and that the train of thought I have expressed, rather being meaningful to your interests, you have decided that the events described are outside of the scope of your actions and have no relevance to the conversation we were having.

But you say “whatever” instead.

A short and sweet answer that refuses to validate my points or concerns of the subject at hand, whatever it was. Frustrating.

Another one of my favorites is “No problem”.

I am told this at least once a day and it is very frustrating because of the venue and intention in which this cordial task ender is offered.

Do you see yourself in this everyday event?

While being served at a fast food restaurant, the young staffer obediently taking your order and then providing you with your food you offer then a happy “Thank you” and the reply you receive is not the normal and universally understood “You’re welcome” but instead a “No problem”.

Just what the hell is that supposed to mean “No problem”?

It certainly was not my intention, as a customer, to offer a problem to be solved by some young person. I was hungry, I ordered and paid for my food… I even thanked them… why would that possibly be a problem.

Aren’t they being paid for their service after all, especially from my own wallet as a customer?

No problem. Maybe they mean ”Don’t give me a problem, please sir, because before I handed you your bag of food I ate half of the French fries”, because I could see that being a problem.

I like my fries.

If you were born in the 90’s or 00’s (that’s the 1990’s and 2000’s for those of you born into the digital age) then you only need to know two things to get through life: YouTube.com and 911.

YouTube is a wealth of information with almost every fact and viewpoint expressed in a meaningful way, every educational precept explained and every relationship event walked through.

YouTube will aid you in your search for experience.

911, on the other hand (999 in the UK) will help you when that experience gets out of hand and you’ve caused a catastrophe and you need to speak to someone that will actually speak back and offer you immediate help. Like when your girlfriend caught you cheating and has lit a fire to your clothes using common household ingredients that she mixed according to a video she saw.

YouTube and 911, we’ve come so far in so short a time.

No problem, really.


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    • R Pseudomen profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Lee 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Iloveyouforfree, You have a couple of good points.

      Generally I'm the type to just steam under the collar, but this lack of courtesy, without even understanding why it's a little bit rude, is what bothers me.

      Perhaps someone else can come up with a couple of good comebacks?

      RP

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      iloveyouforfree 

      6 years ago

      I love reading so many hubs critiquing us Gen Xers, it is pure poetry for my opinions. These assessments are truth, however there are young people who may even have more to complain about then you. Some of us are immersed in these types of conversations daily. I think you should use your intelligence to arrange some witty comebacks for "no problem" and "whatever" that can bring you an all-knowing smile. Remember to include a stroke of pity for the young folk, the older generations at least had genuine music to talk about.

    • R Pseudomen profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Lee 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Xstatic, thanks for the positive feedback.

      This really does make you wonder, doesn't it?

      RP

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good Hub! That "No problem" response has become an automatic thing with people of a certain age and it always makes me wonder what is going on with our language. Expressions have become so trite "at the end of the day," we need a "game changer" to take us "to a whole new level," but if it doesn't happen, "no problem." Whatever!

    • R Pseudomen profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Lee 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Lrob, Thank you.

      I think that we are losing the art of conversation and the first things to go are the properly worded responses to everyday questions and statements.

      RP

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      Irob 

      6 years ago from St. Charles

      Never thought about "no Problem: like that, but it's true. Good hub

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