Updated Jan 23, 2014. The script is so deeply ingrained that you dont even need to think about it. When you do a favor, and someone says “thank you,” the automatic response is “youre welcome.” Its a basic rule of politeness, and it signals that you accept the expression of gratitude — or that you were happy to help.
Likewise, do we say you are welcome or youre welcomed? Welcome or Welcomed. After someone thanks you, the correct phrase is “you****re welcome,” not “you****re welcomed.” In the previous example, welcome is used as an adjective.
Keeping this in view, what does it mean when someone says you are more than welcome?
Youre more than welcome is just a nice way to let someone know how grateful you are that they acknowledged something good you have done by thanking you. It means youre not only appreciative for their thanks but the nice thing you did for them was a pleasure. For example: You enjoy cooking.
Where does the phrase youre welcome come from?
Why is it that “you****re welcome,” a phrase that is meant to be gracious, is often tinged with gloat? It wasnt always so double-edged. The saying stems from the Old English “wilcuma,” which wedded the words “pleasure” and “guest” to allow hosts to express their openness to visitors.