Much Obliged


I recall watching old cowboy and western movies during my youth. On some of those films, genteel men expressed gratitude by saying, “much obliged”. This manner of expressing gratitude was impressive and seemed especially formal and classy. It seemed to express more authenticity and humility. Saying “much obliged” is one of those old-fashioned phrases I wish would make a comeback in society.

Since it is unlikely that this will happen anytime soon, it would be great to remember alternate ways of saying “thank you” to someone who has helped us through difficult situations and conveys the desire to reciprocate help if and when they need it. Not that there is anything wrong with saying “thank you”, there isn’t. It’s just that similar phrases might enable the giver and the receiver more pause for contemplation.

There’s the somewhat controversial saying, “You shouldn’t have”. This is sometimes still used when a friend…

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