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    Thanks a lot, a bunch

    It is written in some dictionaries (Longman and Cambridge) that 'thanks a lot' and 'thanks a bunch' have negative potential and are used when you're annoyed. Just I wanted to be sure whether or not it is an old use or not.
    Just I thought it could be used in a normal way too. (As I saw it in another dictionary - Babylon English-English)

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    Re: Thanks a lot, a bunch

    It doesn't work in print, but "Thanks a lot" can be said sarcastically.

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    Re: Thanks a lot, a bunch

    Thanks a lot can be used sarcastically in AmE to mean "that didn't help at all." The speaker adopts a certain tone of voice when using it that way, which makes it clear to listeners that it's not a positive statement.

    The same thought is often expressed with Thanks for nothing.

    I don't think thanks a bunch is used much in AmE. If it were, it would only sound positive to me.
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    Re: Thanks a lot, a bunch

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Thanks a lot can be used sarcastically in AmE to mean "that didn't help at all." The speaker adopts a certain tone of voice when using it that way, which makes it clear to listeners that it's not a positive statement.

    The same thought is often expressed with Thanks for nothing.

    I don't think thanks a bunch is used much in AmE. If it were, it would only sound positive to me.
    I have used "Thanks a bunch!" a few times. (Only positively.)

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    Re: Thanks a lot, a bunch

    Intonation will tell you whether it's meant sarcastically, negatively, or gratefully.

    I use frequently use 'thanks a lot' both sarcastically and appreciatively. It just depends on my tone of voice which way I actually mean it.

    I don't use 'thanks a bunch', but I would presume that the same applies for it.
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