Say you do something simple and nice for someone. A normal reply would be "I appreciate that, thank you." (phrased in either order)
But for the past year or two, down here in the southern US, I've been hearing a new phrase (at least new to me) that seems to conflate "I appreciate that" and "thank you."
I appreciate you.
Tack a southern drawl on it and you get
I appreciate cha.
The first time I heard it, I was thrown, thinking "Wow, that's pretty strangely sloppy." Then I heard it again, and... again. Now, it's very commonplace here.
So my questions are:
- Do you hear this in your area?
- If so, is it new?
- Anyone know its origins?