Monday, October 28, 2002

Howyadoin?-I tend to be the guileless sort who will actually tell people how I'm doing, for better or worse. Jeffery Collins points out the "polite lie" that the question is supposed to be responded with; people don't typically want to hear about your sinus infection or your bum knee (or your neurological problems in Jeff's case) when they ask "How are you doing?" It took me a while, well into my teens, to understand that people didn't actually care how you were doing. I felt (and still feel) like that Southern gentleman in the East Coast bar in the beer ad. All the locals ask "Howyadoin?" and Joe Bob proceeds to tell anyone who asks about his flight into town.

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