pet peeves

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 21 15:42:36 UTC 2011

Just wanted to add a comment on one of the items Lynne included in the post.

"I'm good" does not mean the same thing as "I'm well". Arguably, "I'm good"
is more common as a response to an offer of assistance ("Would you like a
refill?" "No, I'm good.") than a response to a question of state of
well-being. I don't think "I'm well" would work in this situation,
irrespectively of whether it is an Americanism or not. (Is it more being
slang than Americanism that ticks people off?)


On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Lynne Murphy <m.l.murphy at>wrote:

> Another plug for my own blog (but it also links to other commentators on
> it):
> <
> >
> I've replied to the principle of the thing and the first 25 items--the next
> 25 to come after I've finished reading student work.  Which is, of course,
> much better researched than the BBC piece!

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