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Thank you so much!

March 31st, 2014 · 5 Comments

I was watching American Idol a few weeks ago, and I suddenly noticed that almost all the contestants said “Thank you so much” when the judges complimented them. “Thank you so much”, “Thank you so much”…

And I began to hear it everywhere; on TV, on the radio, in restaurants and stores. I started wondering when that phrase had become popular. What ever happened to “Thank you very much”, or even just “Thank you”? I think this is a recent trend, maybe within the past 5-10 years.

And how much is “so much”? “So” used to be an adverb meaning “in the manner indicated, described or implied”, but it has also assumed an informal definition of very or extremely. “That was so good!”, “It’s so hot today”.

Listen for it, and I think you’ll be surprised how much it is used.

Thank you so much for reading my blog!

Tags: Opinion

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mom // Mar 31, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    You are so welcome.

  • 2 Richard // Apr 1, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I wondered who would be the first to succumb to that temptation. Way to go, Mom.

  • 3 Donna // Apr 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I have always been under the impression that “so” is mainly a comparative or conjunctive word, and when you use it, you should link it to something. Like when Johnny Carson said, “It was so hot today…” “How hot was it?”

  • 4 Don // Apr 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    But the big, big story here is …..


  • 5 Daryl // Apr 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Uhh, I was doing research; I mean I happened to walk by while it was on, yeah, that’s it.

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