Lists: Thank-you words

November 19, 2009: Issue 315

With Thanksgiving approaching, let’s look at how to treat some terms that express gratitude:
gracias
merci
ta
thanks
thanksgiving (the act)
Thanksgiving (the holiday)
Thanksgiving Day
thank-you (n. or adj.)

Contest: We’ll give a prize to anyone who can parse or diagram this sentence: “Thank you very kindly.” E-mail your answer or deliver it to the CE in box by 5 p.m. Friday.

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