Probably indicates my age/upbringing, but this catchall phrase is – in many cases – not only inaccurate, but also inconsiderate and annoying. It’s often delivered when the person has just caused a minor inconvenience to me – and is now informing me that it’s actually “no problem”… to them.
- Someone calls me as a wrong number. I clarify it for them. They tell me that it’s ‘no problem‘.
A simple ‘thank you’, ‘you’re welcome’, or ‘sorry to bother you’ probably would’ve sufficed to deal with most of these minor social glitches – but now this person has refocused the situation to remind me that my role is purely incidental and …
implies that I’ve actually created a problem … for them.
But then again – It’s all about THEM.
Yeah, yeah. “It’s just a figure of speech”. But it’s also a pervasive form of casual, self-centered indifferencethat undermines our underlying social contract. In an increasingly crowded, complex world – That ain’t a good thing.
Aaron James’ NY Times Bestseller Assholes: A Theory. We may want to revisit the use of the term “unintentionally rude”…
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