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7 Ways to Say Thank You
thank-you
[thangk-yoo]
This small but mighty phrase, which dates from the 15th century, goes a long way in acknowledging kindnesses big and small. The less formal variation that many of us use today to express gratitude, thanks, appeared in Shakespeare's writings. Before then, the word thank was often used to mean "thought" or "good will."
gracias
[grah-thee-ahs, -see-]
This Spanish word for "thank you" shares roots with the English word grace in the form of the Latin gratus, which means "pleasing" or "agreeable." If this mellifluous term doesn't sufficiently capture the degree of your gratitude, try out muchas gracias or muchisimas gracias, which translate roughly to "many thanks."
mahalo
To infuse your gratitude with some tropical flavor, try mahalo. This Hawaiian word for "thank you" is sometimes expressed as mahalo nui loa, the Hawaiian equivalent of "thank you very much."
arigato
[ah-ree-gah-taw]
This Japanese term for "thank you" was famously set to music in the 1983 Styx song "Mr. Roboto," about a rock-and-roll performer disguised as a robot escaping a futuristic prison. Domo arigato is the Japanese equivalent of "thank you very much."
merci
[mer-see]
A cousin of the English word mercy, this French word for "thank you" is often paired with beaucoup for emphasis, as in merci beaucoup. Another common French variation is mille fois merci, which translates literally to "a thousand times thanks" and is akin to the English phrase "thanks a million."
ta
[tah]
The perfect solution for the grateful but taciturn, ta is a British colloquialism ushered into the English lexicon by toddlers. British etymologist Ernest Weekley described it as the "natural infantile sound of gratitude."
danke
[dahng-kuh]
Las Vegas crooner Wayne Newton put this German word for "thank you" on the tips of English-speaking tongues with his 1963 hit "Danke Schoen." In this expression, schoen means "beautifully," but since we don't use "beautifully" in the same way in English, the German expression is often translated as "thank you very much" or "thank you kindly."

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