debate on "you did good"

Pearsons, Enid epearsons at RANDOMHOUSE.COM
Wed Aug 15 13:09:25 UTC 2001

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).

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