not a problem

Posted on February 2, 2006

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If there’s one verbal tic that’s guaranteed to raise my hackles, its “not a problem”. Yesterday, outside of the family, I spoke to only two people: both of them used the phrase – and one of them used it six times in five minutes.

What’s wrong with being positive? Where did “yes, I can do that” disappear to? Why must we have this meaningless double negative instead?

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