debate on "you did good"
epearsons at RANDOMHOUSE.COM
Wed Aug 15 13:13:16 UTC 2001
Well, gosh, I didn't mean us! (Easterners, too)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis R. Preston [mailto:preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 9:35 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: Re: debate on "you did good"
> 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.
> >Enid Pearsons
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> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Beverly Flanigan [mailto:flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU]
> >> Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 12:53 AM
> >> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> >> 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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