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I recently had to thank my hosts and said, "Thank you for the host-age." 'host-age' is obviously my own coinage and if one were to stick to the dictionaries, it is incorrect, as hostage means something entirely different.

Could someone provide me with a crisp alternative in "Thank you for the _"

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hospitality

the friendly reception and treatment of guests or strangers.

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    Hmmm ... but is it crisp? Let's poke it with a fork and see ...
    – Robusto
    Mar 4, 2012 at 15:46
  • @Robusto: Maybe it's not a crisp per se, but it definitely fits in the OPs template of "Thank you for the _" Mar 4, 2012 at 15:47
  • Just joking with you, Armen. ^_^
    – Robusto
    Mar 4, 2012 at 16:01
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    The state of being like a hospital.
    – Sam
    Mar 4, 2012 at 16:23
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    If the hospitality had included, for example, smoked salmon, caviar, etc., you could always take your leave with a (reasonably) snappy So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Mar 4, 2012 at 17:56

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