August 26

Haiku: Thanks For Sharing!

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“We lament the speed of our society and the lack of depth and the nature of disposable information.” David Ogden Stiers

Haiku: Thanks For Sharing!
Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! – Ban That Phrase
Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! - Celebrate Women's Equality Day - Poster via Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! – Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – Poster via Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

Poster via Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

Thanks for Sharing … Not!
Arrest it … bury the keys
A throw away phrase

Thanks for sharing …. S##%T!
Labyrinth of lousy words
Life’s woes … reach deaf ears

The dog died today….
Please … ditch that meaningless Phrase
What? Thanks for Sharing!


“Thanks For Sharing!” – Where did the phrase come from and what does it really mean? I suspect the origins come from those 1960s-70s group transformation sessions for self improvement. Perhaps, over time, they slipped into the mainstream and into the minds of many folks who still use it. I heard it at the few EST meetings I attended in the 1990s. Often, it sounded like a gloved slap, telling someone to STFU! “Yeah, whatever … thanks for sharing!”
I’ve never understood the point of it: Thanks for Sharing! Ugh! Sorry, say something else or tell me why you need to thank me for gracing me with your precious presence. I should do the thanking, not you!

“…As we celebrate 95 years since the certification of the 19th Amendment, let us demonstrate our commitment to the belief that we are all entitled to equal treatment by supporting policies that help women succeed and thrive.” Pres Obama – Presidential Proclamation – Women’s Equality Day, 2015

Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! - Celebrate Women's Equality Day - Posters via Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! – Celebrate Women’s Equality Day – Posters via Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute

On a more serious note, today is Women’s Equality Day and we’ve come a long way and still have a longer way to go since August 26, 1920. It’s a great day to kick back, speak our minds about issues and consider how far we have actually come – have we? Where are we today? Where are you today? Do we still need it? READ These Articles:

This Graphic Shows Why We Still Need Women’s Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day
Why Women’s Equality Still Isn’t Protected by the Constitution

More below!

“Loudspeakers should be made to be destroyed and… disposable. ” David Tudor

Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! - Ban That Phrase
Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! – Ban That Phrase

Haiku: Thanks For Sharing! – Ban That Phrase

The cat is ailing
Loudspeaker of empty words
Thanks for Sharing … cat!

Thanks for not sharing
Don’t thank Us for sharing facts
Dispose of that phrase!

Today, celebrate
Women’s Equality Day
Thanks for Sharing … THAT!

What phrases or words would you like people to stop using? My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme – No, Thank you – below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: No, Thank You: If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?


Positive Motivation Tip: Celebrate Women’s Equality Day by speaking your mind, fearlessly, about things YOU observe.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos – Poster via Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, and Labyrinth, Sadness, via Wikipedia and/or from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


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  • I don’t think I have ever used that statement “Thanks for sharing” anywhere or at any time. If someone likes something I have written and they want to share it-fine–Same with me-if I* truly love what I have earned-I will share it whether asked or not.

  • I definitely see those words a lot. I have no idea why that phrase in particular is so common!

  • “What phrases or words would you like people to stop using?” – That they don’t see my skin colour! They are either blind or I have become invisible. It might be politically correct but it is offensive to me as a person of colour because my skin colour is part of my physical make up! Please stop me before I go off on this! LOL and thanks for sharing this post! LOL

  • I am glad that we woman have rights. I would ban “sick” when used to describe “cool”

  • I’m definitely guilty of using that phrase. I didn’t know it was so annoying or offensive.

  • I would not ban a word. Words are expressions of how we feel. It educates, it comforts, it awakens. In the words of a feisty senator in my country. “Don’t play words with me. Words are my livelihood.”

  • AN interesting and though provoking post – thanks for sharing – LOL!!

  • I do thank people for sharing, if I mean it. If they tell me a personal story I will say, “Thank you for sharing this with me.” I don’t see anything wrong with it, personally. The word I’d ban is retard. I cannot stand when people use that word to describe others or to describe a situation. It’s vile.

    • Yes Retard is a derogatory word and should be off our tongues. TFS is a useless phrase when left as a blog comment. It adds nothing to the conversation… Yep, it can be used in specific face to face exchanges but, not as a blog comment. IMHO!

  • ‘Thanks for sharing’ is a common one on blogs. I have said it before when being sincere. I wonder if it was taken otherwise because it is so commonplace.

  • “Thanks for sharing” has always struck me as an odd thing to say. I try not to use it but I have sarcastically at times when someone has shared germs ect.
    I have seen it in my comments before..
    How does one respond to that?

    • Exactly. They don’t mean anything and are really a throwaway line. I think we have many other ways to express how we enjoyed a post. We can start with a relevant comment about the post we read and skip that TFS! 🙂

  • I use thank you for sharing a ton since I’ve become a blogger. I love being able to support other bloggers and helping other women do what I do.

  • Well sometimes it is said authentically, like when we really do appreciate that someone shared something courageous and vulnerable. Sometimes I say it in that context …

  • Thanks for sharing this beautiful post, very inspiring to read something like this. Keep posting.

  • I confess this was a tad deep for not having my coffee yet. Yes I know it is late in the day but my days and nights are mixed up anyway I won’t say “thanks for sharing” rather I will return and read again as I do follow your blog, Instagram, and Facebook because I always enjoy your enlightening posts, but on this one, instead of saying “thanks for sharing” since I am not sure what else to say, I will come back when my head is clear and I can TRULY grasp what you ARE saying AND sharing. I think often “thanks for sharing” are in fact as you said throw away words when we are not sure how to express our true sentiments, or due to lack of understanding.

  • I didn’t know that simple phrase can mean different things, both negative and positive. I think it all depends on how you say it and what type of “sharing” one is referring to.

  • I will be honest… I have NEVER thought of “Thanks for sharing” like that. I use it with the idea that I am thanking them for sharing (the post, their thoughts, for sharing my post) LOL. Definitely giving me some food for thought.. .thank you… for sharing. LOL JK JK

  • It’s so important that we utilize our rights. Many people made sacrifices so that we may have them.

  • I don’t take that the wrong way at all. I genuinely use “thanks for sharing” with kids that I teach, with community and with members of our church. I think that small sentence can really bond people together.

  • Ahhhhhh thanks for sharing is something I see daily!!! I have always wondered what makes people say it? Why so popular

  • I have to admit, I use “thanks for sharing” all the time – but it is because I am truly grateful when I see someone sharing posts from my site to people who may not have otherwise seen them.

    • It’s okay for you to use it on your blog. It’s okay to use it in conjunction with a comment about what you just read. It’s not okay to use it as THE comment on a blog you just “read” I use quotation marks because, when folks use it that way, it tells me they didn’t read the post at all. 🙂

  • For me I use the phrase a lot with regards to social media or tips posts. I don’t mean anything but thank you for sharing this information or thank you for sharing my posts. Although for me it’s always a tag on and not a comment alone. A way to end a comment more so than just using it as a way to get out of commenting. I suppose it is like any comment made, the context used is more important than the words said. 🙂 Also things can become easy and overdone without us really realizing it. Maybe it’s time I upgraded my vocabulary.

    • Oh Becka1 Your response is brilliant. We need to take a look at how and when we use it, and then find another way to express our delight in what we’ve read. “Thanks for Sharing!” is an overused, throwaway comment that ends up saying nothing about the post we just read. Best to toss it as it is now a spam comment.

  • This is my second comment on this post because I just remembered what drives me totally bonkers– when a person says or writes “Just sayin” –especially after saying something that is not exactly nice!

  • “Thanks for sharing!” I barely say this but I have to admit that there were days when I used to say it. Ha! I’m glad I stopped saying those words.

  • I use the phrase “thanks for sharing” quite a lot if I like a post that I read. I don’t take for granite the time and thought that went into the post and I’m thankful for the information and the time spent and I think it’s important to give praise when it’s due.

  • That haiku is hilarious because it is so true, and I know I’m guilty of it, too!

    I take issue with Women’s Equality Day. I wish I didn’t have to, but August 26 doesn’t truly encompass the day when all women were given the equal right to vote. Only white women were given the right to vote on August 26. Native, Asian, and Black women had to wait many more years for their “equality.”

  • Love this post, but I’m guilty of using that phrase. I didn’t know it was so annoying .

  • This definitely makes you think. I have been guilty for using that “annoying phrase” in comments onblog posts, haha but I will definitely be more conscious of it now.

  • I see that phrase all over the place and I think it is very lazy!! There is a long way to go to true women’s equality…sad but true!!

  • I get that comments a lot, personally I was not annoyed nor bothered at all, but maybe I was not bothered because there is always an addition to the phrase what made them thank it for sharing.

  • As citizens of free countries, we are very blessed that women’s rights are recognized. Some countries don’t. But even so, there are still places in our countries where women are treated differently. Their thoughts or opinions are neglected in some point. To me, this is a big deal.

    Mhar Sefcik

  • Thanks for sharing is often key for I want to make my comment longer but I don’t want to actually take the time to read your post or attempt to comprehend it. However, as mentioned in some of the posts here some genuinely do mean it. So perhaps there’s two sides to the coin.

  • I haaaaaaaaaaaaate the ‘thanks for sharing’ so much! I always try to be much more genuine than that haha.

  • I see that I am not the only one that is guilty of the ” Thanks for sharing” saying I say at almost every comment I make on a blog post. 😛 To be fair I had always thought it was polite to say it. So to end Thanks for sharing and enlightening us all on the saying. 😀

  • My take: Thanks for sharing just means thanks for sharing. lol I guess I’ve never looked at that phrase as anything else but a way to thank someone for expressing themselves, or in some cases bearing their souls. I respect the time someone puts into a blog post because I know the amount of time, energy and commitment it takes to stay on a blogging routine. So when I say it, I guess I do mean it. So, thanks for taking the time and expressing yourself with this great post!

    • Now if everyone who uses it would use it the way you did, it won’t be spammy but… that is not always the case. When we use it to genuinely thank someone for raising a point or sharing information that helped, it would be best to highlight why; by pulling up a point or two from what you read. However, when someone says: “I love that quote. Thanks for sharing!” It’s a red flag moment that says I haven’t read the post, I have 30 others to read and well, thanks for sharing!” It becomes spammy and a throwaway comment that means nothing.

  • I use that saying a lot. I didn’t realize it was either offensive or annoying. I think it would be rude NOT to thank someone for sharing something you really enjoyed.

  • I agree, women should be given equal treatment and opportunities. Though, they should not be above men in terms of parenthood.

  • hmmm. I know i use the phrase thanks for sharing but then that is because I am always grateful when people take the time and effort to share things that they believe in that I enjoy/find useful. Personally I would love to get rid of the “just kidding’s” I hear too often. If you didn’t mean it you wouldn’t have said it.

  • So that’s where it all started. Now I know. I didn’t have any idea before but it’s a good food for thought.

  • While we have come a long way in the last hundred years, we still have far to go, especially when it comes to how much women get paid. We’ll get there some day. 🙂

  • Such a great haiku & I just loved reading the entire post. Honestly I never know, using such phrase could be uneasy to someone around. Because I myself used to mention it a lot so many times on so many instance!

  • I am guilty of “thanks for sharing”, I didin’t know it’s annoying. I will refrain from using it then.

  • The “dog died today” – yeah I don’t get that but it is what it is. Sometimes we over share for sure.

    • Amanda, the point I was trying to make in that line was that sometime, when people overuse “Thanks for Sharing,” they don’t stop to think about whether it is the appropriate response for the post they are looking at. If someone shares that their dog died, “Thanks for Sharing” is the worst thing to say… 🙁
      I think that phrase just needs to be dropped because, often NOT ALWAYS, it sounds wrong and is a red flag that the comment was left by someone who didn’t read what you wrote…

  • Sometimes people don’t know what exactly to say, if they take the time to comment and aren’t bashing what was written, I don’t think we need to be so picky.

  • Perfect timing for me to read this post… I just went through my blog comments and ran into this lovely phrase too many times. What I find interesting is that it is in so many of my spam comments as well… that should tell you something, right?

  • Thanks for sharing something I see all the time. From blog posts to facebook statuses. It can get a little annoying I must admit!

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