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Aug. 5th, 2007

06:42 pm - No worries

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"No worries" is this hugely common phrase in Australia. They say it as often as I say "no problem" or "you're welcome". It has about as much meaning (but sounds to my foreign ears sooo much more compassionate).

I've noticed in the last few months lots of my American friends saying it a lot (heaps!) in LJ or chat.

Did I just miss that this phrase is very common in the US? Is it a regional thing that hasn't hit Chicago yet? Am I just clueless to its ubiquity unless I hear it with an accent?

Or are you all just having me on because I'm in Australia and it's fun to throw Australian slang at me to point that out? If so, good on ya mate!

Ta for letting me know.

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From:twistedcat
Date:August 5th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
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i've been saying it for eons... but I spent time in oz as a kid and has an aussie boss for a few years...
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From:hope_persists
Date:August 5th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
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I say it all the time. no idea why. i just like it :)
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From:xymboulos
Date:August 5th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
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It is quite common in the UK as well. I picked it up over the past few years just from working with people in our London and Sydney offices (or those originally from those areas).
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From:logodaedaly
Date:August 5th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure it's pretty common in the US -- I've heard it and don't find it weird or alien. Not really in the Midwest/Illinois, but I don't really remember where I have heard it. It's definitely not part of my normal vocab, though -- it would never be right at hand in any situation for me.
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From:anne_jumps
Date:August 5th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I picked it up from a Canadian friend who says it a lot.
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From:increvable
Date:August 5th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I've semiconsciously adopted it because I find it useful to put others at ease and it's a more interesting space filler than "You're welcome".
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From:sarpo
Date:August 5th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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I picked it up after a trip to Sydney. It may be spoken in the US, but I think it's still way more common in Australia.
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From:obfuscate
Date:August 5th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
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I can't say I recall having heard anyone here say it as "you're welcome." Just, "No worries," sure... but not in that use.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:August 5th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's true! I had kind of assumed due to immersion in it that anyone who said it the one way would also say it the other way too. But now that I think about it, most people in the US that I've heard don't use it as a "you're welcome" kind of response.

I wonder if juniperesque is right that it's all the Lion King's fault...

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From:kateorama
Date:August 6th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Funny, I have the opposite experience -- have been hearing it for what seems like a long time now, and almost always in response to my saying "thank you."

I dunno, Zach, I like "no worries" (and the similar-to-me "no problem") much *less* than "you're welcome." The former two suggest to me something like, "Well yeah, I did put myself out for you in some way but don't worry or feel guilty." The latter, to me, says simply "Happy to help." My mom shares this impression, so I'm sure it's some leftover Victorian-ish politeness fetish.
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From:ke_jia
Date:August 5th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Definitely a UK phrase as well as an Aussie one. I can vividly remember one of my flatmates saying it *constantly*.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)

No wukkas

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I like 'no wukkas'
Etymology: "no worries", "no fuckin worries", "no wukkin furries", "no wukkas".
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From:marezcharz
Date:August 6th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
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I've been saying it a lot. Not sure why, but perhaps from the Crocodile Dundee movie.
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From:aabassplayer
Date:August 6th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I always say "no worries" when someone's saying sorry for something that I really don't feel there's a need for an apology...I don't use it instead of you're welcome, but definitely instead of "no problem" for the same "I'm sorry" response. Usually I use "no worries" to mean that there's nothing for you to feel poorly about in my eyes when someone's expressing their regrets when I'm holding nothing against them in the first place.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 6th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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I think I've heard "hey whatever" more often than anything else lately.

-the blogger (http://jmd1125.blogspot.com) formerly known as msphys
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From:spillshercoffee
Date:August 7th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
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I say "No Worries!" all the time. And have been for a few years now. Not sure where you've been hanging, man!
;)

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From:culfinglin
Date:September 11th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
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having been married to a kiwi, i am a bad example for this purpose.

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