Why “Thanky”?

I’m a speedy person. I drive fast (yes, there’s been a speeding ticket or two — not that I’m proud of them), I talk fast (although I like to think that I can read my audience and apply the brakes when need be) and I type fast. If there was a Blackberry-speed-typing-contest-thingy-deal, I think I’d win it. By a long shot. Like, Guinness-Book-of-World-Records long shot.

But I digress.

One day a couple of years ago at work, I was typing an email to my team, and I ended it with “Thank you.” Or so I thought. Before hitting “send,” I proofread it and found that I had typed too quickly and accidentally ended the email with “Thanky ou.” It made me chuckle, so I deleted the “ou” and kept the “Thanky.” And I kept using it. Liberally.

Since then, I’ve seen “thanky” appear in office emails here and there. I don’t know if it’s because of me, but I feel OK about assuming it is. For now.

Beyond where thanky came from, I realized as 2012 began that there’s much to be grateful for; sometimes they’re big things, other times they’re little. That, combined with my desire to write more (read: every day), made “Thanky” take shape somewhat effortlessly. And it’s still going strong.

Thanky for reading.

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