Main Entry: thanksPronunciation: \ˈthaŋ(k)s\Function: noun pluralEtymology: plural of Middle English thank, from Old English thanc thought, gratitude; akin to Old High German dank gratitude, Latin tongēre to knowDate: before 12th century
1 : kindly or grateful thoughts : gratitude
2 : an expression of gratitude <return thanks before the meal> —often used in an utterance containing no verb and serving as a courteous and somewhat informal expression of gratitude <many thanks>
I’ve noticed a real dearth of “thanks” lately in my life. So much so, I wondered if the word had been removed from the dictionary. Thankfully, no. Of course, as I am wont to do, I wondered if it’s an indication of something larger in our society. Have we finally become the “me” land, expecting everyone to serve our every want and wish? Or are we so callous that we just don’t consider it any more? Is it a hard word to say to someone else? Or just don’t care?
Now, I’m not suggesting that every single thing we do deserves praise. But if we go out of our way to do something — especially something which may make someone else’s life a little easier or more joyful — then what is so hard about saying, “Thanks”? It’s a small one-syllable word that carries very much weight.
Then my mother’s voice chimes in, saying something about doing things without the want of gratitude; making me wonder if it is I who puts the ‘me’ in aMErica. And really, in the scheme of things they aren’t that huge. So perhaps it is more about me than them. Perhaps Mom is right and it shouldn’t matter.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t thank others.