You Bet

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today my mom said, “You bet” in response to some thanks given to her. She then realized that she had no idea where “You bet” came from even though both of our parents use the expression quite frequently. Apparently it is a popular saying for their generation. We all thought that without knowing where the expression came from, the two words “You bet” don’t seem to make much sense at all.

“Thanks, Joe.”

“Yep. You bet.”

Anyway, we decided to look it up and this is what we found:

When you’re thanked for something and you respond “You bet”, you are saying, “You can count (bet) that I will come through for you!” It also may have come from something like, “You bet your life,” or “You bet your bottom dollar.” An extremely lengthened version of what it could have come from is, “If you bet everything you have, you can still rest assured that you’ll win the bet.” Put quite simply, “Rest assured.”

A saying shouldn’t have this many words put into the explanation of it, should it?

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