debate on "you did good"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Aug 15 13:34:39 UTC 2001

Disappeared only if all Midwesterners over 60 except for me died in
their sleep last night.


>Right.  But the standard answer to "How are you?" wasn't "I'm well," it was
>"Fine," or "Fine, thank you."  And that seems to have disappeared.
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>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: Beverly Flanigan [mailto:flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU]
>>  Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 12:53 AM
>>  Subject: Re: debate on "you did good"
>>  The "I'm > good" reply in > the greeting adjacency pair is a bit more
>recent, isn't it?
>>  "I'm well" > never sounded right anyway, since the question isn't about
>>  health but is > about "feeling good" (James Brown had it right).

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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