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Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:18 am
by Stevenloan
Hi everyone! According to an online dictionary "Thanks a bunch" is used for thanking someone, often as a joke. Does it mean it's a lot safer or more sincere to use "Thank you very much", "Thank you so much", "Thanks a lot" or "Thanks a million"?

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:31 am
by trolley
I never thought of "thanks a bunch" being used as a joke (anymore than any of those can be said sarcastically). It may be a little less formal than "thank you so much" or "thank you very much" but it is on par with "thanks a lot" or "thanks a million". "Thanks" is always less formal than "thank you". Oddly, you might hear "thanks so much" or "thanks very much" but you're unlikely to hear "Thank you a bunch" or "thank you a million".

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:46 pm
by Erik_Kowal
Individual usage varies.

In my immediate circle, "Thanks a bunch!" is always a sarcastic comeback in response to an inconsiderate, thoughtless or otherwise unwelcome action or utterance. I'm not sure that I've ever used it to express genuine thanks for something.

Oh dear... What a bunch of curmudgeons and ingrates we must seem. ;)

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 10:47 pm
by trolley
Now I'm thinking about how many times that's flown right over my head. This changes everything! Thanks a bunch, Erik.

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:25 pm
by Stevenloan
trolley and Erik : Thank you both so much for your answers. Have a nice day.

StevenLoan

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:52 pm
by trolley
"Thank you both so much for your answers"

We need some sort of "sarcasm font". Now, I'm suspicious of everyone. :)

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:45 pm
by Stevenloan
trolley wrote: Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:52 pm "Thank you both so much for your answers"

We need some sort of "sarcasm font". Now, I'm suspicious of everyone. :)
Hi trolley! I don't understand what you mean. What do you imply?

StevenLoan

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 6:13 pm
by trolley
Steve, it was a joke...or at least, an attempt at one. I was referring to my life-long misinterpretation of the phrase "thanks a bunch" and hinting that now I have to reconsider what people really mean every time they thank me. You've made over 2800 posts here and I'd wager that about 50% of those were you thanking people for their help. I'm sure 100% of those posts were true gratitude. I wasn't really questioning your sincerity.

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:15 am
by Stevenloan
trolley : Thanks for the clarification. Whenever I thank someone on this forum, it is from the bottom of my heart. Have a good day.

StevenLoan

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:24 am
by Erik_Kowal
Erik_Kowal wrote: Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:46 pmIn my immediate circle, "Thanks a bunch!" is always a sarcastic comeback in response to an inconsiderate, thoughtless or otherwise unwelcome action or utterance. I'm not sure that I've ever used it to express genuine thanks for something.
Though I suppose if someone presented me with a bouquet of flowers, I would probably respond "Thanks! A bunch!"

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:07 pm
by Phil White
I'm a little late to the party on this one.

While I agree with Erik that "thanks a bunch" is almost invariably a sarcastic response, I have heard it used genuinely as well. There is a similar phrase, "thanks a bundle", that is, to my knowledge, only ever sarcastic.

trolley: You have wandered into a sarchasm, i.e. the gulf that separates those who understand irony and those who don't.

Re: Thanks a bunch

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:52 am
by Stevenloan
Phil White : Thanks a lot for your answer. It helps a lot.

StevenLoan