Make Grammar Fun with You’re Welcome

You’re Welcome and You’re welcome

received, especially into somebody’s home, or entertained gladly

a greeting or reception, especially a friendly or celebratory one, given to somebody who arrives or is being met

accepted or anticipated with delight and eagerness, often because it answers a need

a greeting or reception, especially a friendly or celebratory one, given to somebody who arrives or is being met

used to respond to expressions of thanks and indicate that something such as a courtesy, favor, or gift was gladly done or given

This one has me flummoxed. How did this simple word come to mean two such disparate—well nearly—things? “Thank you for making us so welcome.” “You’re welcome.”

This baby has been around since the 12th century, which is rather reassuring. Apparently we’ve been polite for a while.

Teachers, discuss this pair with your students. Challenge them to name all the ways this handy word is used. Then tell them they are welcome.