Thursday, October 11, 2012

How are you?

I cannot for the life of me understand that question.

This evening, I saw someone I only barely knew. I mean, we've talked a couple of times, but that's it. He said hello, and then asked "how are you?" How do you expect me to answer that question? The only way I could possibly answer that question is by saying "good" (yes, I know that's grammatically incorrect, but so is 'gonna' and that's not disappearing anytime soon). Even if I'm not good, why on Earth would I tell someone I barely know that? They would ask 'why' and then I would have to explain some personal story that they probably would rather not know.

Not that I have any reason to say I'm not doing well to that question. I actually was 'good' when I told them that. It's just something I thought about after I was asked that question. I completely understand if a close friend asks me 'how are you,' because I know them well and I would be able to honestly respond.

Same thing with what's up. Actually, not really. I still have no idea how to answer that question. All I ever say is "eh". Seriously. Hahaha.


  1. Actually, it is more acceptable in Ireland to say "dreadful" when asked this.. Perhaps people do not want to give the impression of being too happy, which result in people getting jealous? Either way, "can't complain" is seen as annoyingly chirpy..

    1. Really?! That's so interesting! I would love if people in the US said "dreadful" because I just love how that word sounds haha.

  2. I wish people wouldn't ask me how I was. I always say 'Fine' and then they look at me like I'm lying and I look back at them like 'You want me to tell you the truth?'
    And then they walk away.
    I think a better question would be 'WHY are you?' because then that sends people on a tailspin of existential woe and discovery.


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