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What does "thank you very much" mean?

Of couse I know what "thank you very much" is.
But what I mean asking this question is actually the first sentence of Harry Potter: "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley... were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, THANK YOU VERY MUCH".
Translating this sentence from the German translation of Harry Potter into English again you get roughtly this: "were proud to be totally normal, very proud in fact".
And this is probably something different.
So, what does it actually mean and how to use this phrase?

Thank you very much in advance for your help

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: WK087

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    "Thank you very much," in that context, means something like: "thank you very much (for asking); glad you asked." or "Thanks (for asking), but no thanks!" like:

    "I can manage just fine, thank you very much!"

    It's a pre-emptive reply, as it were, to anticipating someone asking whether you need help or some such. It's often meant a bit sarcastic. Like when I say "I can manage just fine, thank you very much!", meaning something like: "No need to ask me, offer me help, as I can do this perfectly well by myself."

    "thank you very much" in your question means appreciation. I use the fact as an example to make the answer more clear.

    The fact: When I was ranking the first place on Italki top 20 members board. Some one sent a complaint to Italki, telling them that all my answers were wrong. Her intend is telling Italki that I am the phony. If there is some one who oppose, send an email to italki, telling them that my answers were not all wrong. He/she defense me that I am not a phony. In this situtation, I would say "Thank you very much" to that person. It is an appreciation.

    In your question " Mr. and Mrs. Dursley... were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, THANK YOU VERY MUCH".

    In this case, Thank you very much is an appreciation to Mr. and Mrs Dursley for their opinion of "perfectly normal".

    In this context, it appears to be sarcasm (сарка́зм). They are not truly appreciative.

    The fact that THANK YOU VERY MUCH is written in capitals puts an emphasis on this phrase and the couple are shouting to everyone loud and clear that they are normal.The author meant it to be sarcastic because the couple did not act normally at all.

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