debate on "you did good"

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Wed Aug 15 15:14:19 UTC 2001

I actually do hear "I'm well" sometimes, but only in TV or radio
interviews.  I suspect the speakers are trying to sound "proper."  "Fine"
is still OK by me.

At 09:09 AM 8/15/01 -0400, you wrote:
>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
>> 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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