debate on "you did good"

Pearsons, Enid epearsons at RANDOMHOUSE.COM
Wed Aug 15 13:40:57 UTC 2001

Maybe I'm associating too much with my kid, her husband, and their friends.
They say "I'm good" aaalllll the time.  We're talking East Coast, late
twenties to mid-thirties.  But I've also heard it from 40-something friends,
and now I listen for it, just to check on its growth patterns.  There are
certainly times when I feel distinctly unhip saying "Fine."


Enid Pearsons
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Natalie Maynor [mailto:maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 9:46 AM
> Subject: Re: debate on "you did good"
> > 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
> "Fine" hasn't disappeared around here.  It's still the
> standard answer.
> Sometimes "just fine" or "ok" or "great" or "making it" are
> substitutes
> for the standard "fine."  I think maybe I've heard "good"
> once or twice
> in my life in answer to "How are you?"
>    --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

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