The feature at Job of Irony yesterday was QA. What they look for what they want, etc. We listened to a few calls and did some group QA’s on them.
In one call there was an absense of the words ‘Thank You’. Many dinged the call for that but the head of QA shrugged her shoulders and said, “Well, she said awesome and that amounts to the same thing. It’s another way of saying thank you.”
The room was immeadiatly split. Half were outraged, the other half stopped short. We do say awesome in replace of thank you sometimes.
Some postulated that it was an age difference. However, the head of QA was over sixty and thought it was okay. There was a stratification of Southerners and East coasters who were against it but not all of them. In the end we all put it aside.
As I think on it though, I realize it has invaded popular speech in that way. My friends do it, I do it. We use it scarcasticly, to replace great. We say awesome when we are given things, or when things are done. It doesn’t happen all the time but it does happen.
There is always that moment when you realize you’ve been saying something in a certain way and it is not how you use to say it. Is it from TV? From the internet? From our region? From our background? I don’t know, but it is interesting.
Have you ever caught yourself saying thank you without actually saying those words?