The word ‘thanks’ is becoming more and more common, as it’s become part of everyday conversations, from emails to social media posts.
But what does ‘thankful’ actually mean?
We spoke to Professor Helen Fisher, the director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick.
She said that thanks are used as a greeting, but it doesn’t always have the meaning that we might think it does.
“For example, the meaning is ‘thankfulness’ in the sense of ‘giving thanks’.””
There is also a variation in the way it is understood in other contexts,” she said.
“For example, the meaning is ‘thankfulness’ in the sense of ‘giving thanks’.”
What does it mean in other languages?
In French, it refers to the feeling of gratitude in which you feel happy that you have helped someone.
In Dutch it is the feeling that you’ve done something for someone.
“In Japanese, it describes the feeling, ‘thank goodness’ that something good has happened to someone.
It is also used as the verb form of ‘to thank’.”‘
Thank’ is not a word in the English language, Professor Fisher said.
It has different meanings in other parts of the world.
“I would suggest that there are a lot of reasons why it is so difficult to find the word, and that is that it’s not very widely used.
It’s a word that is often associated with gratitude, but is also associated with a sense of being grateful.”
When you do use the term ‘thank’, you’re using it to acknowledge something.
“When you use the phrase ‘thank, thank, thank’ it is in reference to something being grateful, or something that’s doing something for somebody.”
It’s used to describe people who are doing something they’re proud of, for example a business, or a project, or the work that someone has put into it.
“So you can imagine that you’re giving thanks, not really to the individual, but to the organisation or the organisation’s work.”
That may sound a bit corny, but you can’t do that in English without changing the way you use it.”‘
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