Thanks; gracias; merci; grazie; danke sehr; domo arigato; do jeh, daw-dyeh; khop khun mak kha; shukran; toe-DAH

Dennis Warden

An important word in any language is thanks. In Spanish it’s gracias. The French say merci or merci beaucoup for thank you very much. Italian is close to Spanish with grazie. Germans say danke sehr. The band Styx made the Japanese words for thank you famous with their 1983 hit “Mr. Roboto” — domo arigato. I don’t know how to pronounce the words in Chinese — do jeh, daw-dyeh, Thai — Khop Khun Mak Kha or Arabic — shukran. In Hebrew the word for thank you is toe-DAH.

I could fill this column and more with different words for thank you. According to there are 7,099 languages spoken today with more than half the world’s populations speaking 23. 

Everyday it is important to let those around you know how much you appreciate everything they do for you. Gratitude can be expressed in the words of thank you. We say thank you to someone who holds the door for us, after we purchase something at the store, and when a coworker hands us the phone. 

Using and hearing those two words all the time we have to be careful to not become a little immune to them. 

One of the best things about saying thank you is it’s a gift that is free. 

A more thoughtful thank you comes in the form of a handwritten card or note of thanks. This is one of the most heartfelt and meaningful ways to express gratitude. After a wedding, bridal shower or wedding shower it is customary to send thank you cards. 

As we close out another year and start a new one I want to say thank you. Thank you to each of you who supported us this past year.  

Our printer: Thank you to the Washington Missourian where we print the Republican each week. Without a quality press and the careful eyes of the pressmen our color pages would not be as beautiful. 

Our employees: Thank you to David, Roxie and Will for your dedication to covering all the government entities and sporting events, and to giving our readers the complete news in Gasconade County, and to writing the truth. At the Republican there is no fake news. Also, thank you to Linda for covering the Gerald news; to Tammy for designing beautiful ads for our clients; to Ruth for helping put the paper together each week; to Christine for setting the obituaries, taking care of our Facebook and websites and the Family Living page; to everyone who gets the paper ready for the delivery  — Norma, Mary Lou, Kathleen, Ken and Don; and to Kari who enters the subscriptions, handles the billing and makes everything run smoothly. 

The US Post Office: Thank you to the hard working members of the post office (especially our local postmen and women) who deliver the paper each week. Without you those outside the area would not be able to keep up with the local news. 

Our Advertisers: Thank you to all our advertisers. Advertising is the life blood of a newspaper. Our goal is to create the best advertising possible and deliver your message to the community. We take your trust in us very seriously. 

Our Readers: Thank you to our readers. Without you there would be no Gasconade County Republican. It is simple. Without readers there is no benefit to our advertisers without advertisers we cannot pay the bills — case closed.

Of course the one we have to thank the most is God in heaven. He deserves our thanks day and night. Perhaps David said it best in Psalm 92:1-2

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

And to sing praises to Your name, O most high;

To declare Your loving kindness in the morning,

And Your faithfulness every night.”

Thank you and have a blessed and prosperous new year.