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Department of language, manners, and mores

I am always saying that people don't think about what words really mean. Here's the latest example.

For the umpteenth time a shopping website has interrupted my browsing to propose I participate in a survey. I always read the message in case they are offering a little thank-you prize, like some airline miles or something, but they never are. The options they offer are to accept and donate some of my precious time to helping them sell what they're selling or "No, thanks."

"No, thanks" is what you say when somebody offers you something nice for you, like a gelato, but you prefer to decline. It isn't what you say when somebody says "Hey, you don't know me, but I want something from you." In that case, a flat "no" is appropriate. What is the problem with that?
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