No problem is a problem!

Why “No Problem” is a Problem

How many times a day does someone say to you, “no problem?” How many times do you say it yourself?

“No problem,” and its cousin, “no worries,” have become part of our lexicon. The idiom has earned a spot on Wikipedia. There was even a movie with a title track, both named “No Problem”.

The phrase is a double negative that is meant to convey a positive message. It also implies the existence of a problem that is being excused by the speaker. Why would you dilute a positive message with negative words or a negative inference? Why not instead convey your positive message with positive words, such as:

  • “Sure thing.”
  • “Of course.”
  • “Anytime.”
  • “You’re welcome.”
  • Or my personal favorite, “my pleasure?”

I have made a conscious decision not to say “no problem” or “no worries,” and I have asked our team to do the same. How about you?

6 thoughts on “Why “No Problem” is a Problem

  1. I had never thought of these expressions like this. And I say “no problem” all the time! Time to change my response.

  2. I use “no problem” on a regular basis, but I’ll see if I can make the switch to “sure thing.” 🙂

  3. Here’s the one I like to hear: “I got you covered.” I have a co-worker who says that to me and SHE MEANS IT. That is far more positive than “no problem”.

    Plus, I like words and using a double negative is a no-no. (See what I did there?)

  4. ♥…in #NonViolentCommunication, being able to receive a Gratitude, with the same care it was given, is what I call, completing the #CircleOfLove (where half of the circle is giving, & the other half, is receiving)

    (1) I’m Grateful to hear that, I’m glad I could Contribute!
    (2) I’m Thrilled, that something I did, created Joy for you!
    (3) I receive your Verbal gift, with the Beauty it was given!
    (4) I’m Happy I could Help! 😉

    LMK, if you found any of this helpful, @Ucla444?

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