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    A cheery remark

    Hi,

    Can anybody tell me how to put "Trust you to pass a cheery remark!" in a different way?

    I cannot imagine how Barber existed after he lost his place. Perhaps his mother was able to help a little. On the day I met him, by mere chance in the street, he looked sick and miserable; his sallow face was more blotchy than ever. Whether he saw me or not I don't know, but he was certainly making as if to go by when I stopped him. I told him he looked weak and unwell.
    "Trust you to pass a cheery remark!" And he continued irritably:
    "How can you expect a chap to look well if he has something inside him stronger than himself forcing him to do the silliest things? It must wear him out. I never know when it will take me next. I'm here in London looking for a job today, but even if I find one, I'm sure to do some tom-fool thing that will get me the sack."

    Master Of Fallen Years, Vincent O´Sulliven, 1921

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: A cheery remark

    It's a sarcastic comment because "You look weak and unwell" is certainly not a cheery comment! We use "Trust you to ..." to indicate that the person can always be relied upon to do something. The suggestion here is that Barber knows the writer fairly well and is aware that he (the writer) frequently makes such not-cheery comments so can always be relied upon to do so.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: A cheery remark

    Perhaps:

    I can count on you to come up with helpful comments.

    (Also intended sarcastically.)

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    #4

    Re: A cheery remark

    "Thank you so much"!

    Or if you prefer a very modern parlance: "Thanks. Not!"

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    Re: A cheery remark

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    "Thank you so much"!
    There's nothing wrong with "Thank you very much."

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    Or if you prefer a very modern parlance: "Thanks. Not!"
    Is that used in AmE to thank someone? To me, it seems to involve some level of sarcasm.

    or am I missing something here?

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    Re: A cheery remark

    Saying anything (in this sort of context) followed by "Not!" is sarcastic, as a general rule.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A cheery remark

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    There's nothing wrong with "Thank you very much."


    Is that used in AmE to thank someone? To me, it seems to involve some level of sarcasm.

    or am I missing something here?
    Yes, you are. These are meant sarcastically.

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    #8

    Re: A cheery remark

    I'm afraid I still don't get it. I honestly don't see any reason/pretext for sarcasm here!

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    Re: A cheery remark

    Well, we Brits can find an excuse for sarcasm just about anywhere. If someone came up to me and told me I looked "weak and unwell", my likely response would be "Oh, wow. Thanks a lot! You don't look so great yourself!" and it would be said in a very sarcastic tone of voice. The only reason for my avoiding sarcasm there would probably be if I really was very ill and feeling terrible, in which case I might say "Yes, I'm really ill unfortunately".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: A cheery remark

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I'm afraid I still don't get it. I honestly don't see any reason/pretext for sarcasm here!
    The original question was about a sarcastic remark.

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