I know that to express gratitude or to thank are verbs that basically mean to say thank you, but what is the verb for the reciprocol action (i.e. saying you're welcome)?

Is there a word for this, and does it vary based on the response?
Like if I say thank you and you say go to H-E-double hockey sticks!. What did you do other than reply?

In short:

"Thank you" = to thank
"You're welcome" = to ???

  • "Go to H-E-double hockey sticks!"... Err, non-sequitur? – Noldorin Feb 4 '11 at 21:50
  • I guess he means the letter L. Double it, and you get the double hockey sticks. :-) – kiamlaluno Feb 4 '11 at 22:33
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    Ah yes, I think you're right. That was fairly obtuse. :) Surely 'hell' is an accepted word in this context within a quote. – Noldorin Feb 4 '11 at 22:40
  • @Noldorin: It took me a while, before to understand what he meant. I I thought to a word starting with he that could follow go to. :-) – kiamlaluno Feb 4 '11 at 23:01
  • "H-E-double hockey sticks" is a common minced oath for hell at least in the western US where I grew up, hell being considered a curse word when following "go to". – WinnieNicklaus Feb 21 '14 at 15:00

You could say that the other person is acknowledging the thanks when he says "you're welcome," and perhaps is rudely dismissing the thanks when he says "proceed to your choice of unpleasant venue and reside there indefinitely."

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    So, "to thank" and "to acknowlege thanks"? – thursdaysgeek Feb 4 '11 at 23:36
  • Yes, I think that works fine. – Hellion Feb 4 '11 at 23:40

The reciprocal form would be to receive thanks.

  • One can receive thanks without doing or saying anything in reply, so this does not cover it. – Kosmonaut Feb 4 '11 at 22:47

Try unthank, as in “unthank upon the hand that tied him so” - Chaucer, the Miller’s Tale

  • Wonderful, thank you for the answer! I'm surprised people are voting you down, you even quoted Chaucer which is as English as it gets. – sova May 26 at 22:18

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