Bitch on the Blog

July 5, 2014

How do you do

Filed under: Amusement — bitchontheblog @ 20:24

Sometimes people will ask you how you are. The English do this habitually and how you are is of NO interest to them whatsoever. So you keep it short: “Fine, thank you”. Once we have established that we are all fine, social niceties over, you may proceed to weather.

My parents never ask me how I am. It’s an oddity which I do not wish to invest time examining why this is so. Most certainly not because of lack of interest on their part. More likely my forbidding character.  When my dear sweet mother asked me, two days ago, I knew my father had put her up to it. Because he can’t bring himself to ask me himself. Strangely the phone line kept breaking.





  1. My usual response to “How do you do?” is “How do you do what?”

    Comment by Looney — July 5, 2014 @ 21:05 | Reply

  2. My parents never did
    Chris’ parents don’t either
    We understand

    Comment by John going gently — July 5, 2014 @ 21:41 | Reply

  3. My response is “Preferably with my partner on top. How do YOU do?” And if it is a friendly lady, I might even venture to add, “Should we try doing it together do you think?”

    Comment by rummuser — July 6, 2014 @ 01:15 | Reply

  4. Haven’t we been through this before somewhere.

    The correct repsonse to theEnglish greeting “How do you do?” as I was taught, by that wonderful Victorian lady, my Grannie, is “How do you do?”

    It is used, as I had to do several times this afternoon, when one is introduced to a person for the first time. It is interesting to note that of the 20 ot so people I met today only the elderly understood this formal greeting. This is interesting as of the mid 20th century at least it is one of the things that supposedly distiguishes the ‘U’ from the ‘non U’. (Nancy Mitford: Noblesse Oblige (1956) ) Today’s gathering would be classed as definitely non U, and perhaps not even that. and yet my cousins and the even more elderly were familiar with the term of greeting.

    I think it might mean “Are you prospering?” or perhaps “I hope you are prospering” “do” being an old wordd meaning “prosper, thrive”. I suspect that the second “do” is surplus the origianl greeting being “Hoe do you?” Other uses of this word are “S/he’ll do” meaning “S/he’ll get on well.” i.e prosper or thrive… or as in someonse sayng of an animal” she’sa doer.” or of a plant, “Tha’s a doer. boy.”….

    More research is perhaps indicated>

    Certainly it has nothing to do with any of the many versions of what became a Traditional Jazz standard ; “How come you do my like you do?” (Gene Austin and Roy Bergere,1924).Which , contrary to what some people may imagine, means Why do you teat mme in thew ay you do? Nothing to do with copulation. Just as and angry shout of “I’ll do you.” means “I’ll thump( or other form of physical assault) you”

    Then ,,of course, there are various meanings for “A bit of a do”.

    Comment by magpie11 — July 6, 2014 @ 20:49 | Reply

  5. I guess it depends on if I feel like playing the social niceties game – usually O just politely )impolitely?) just give a quick nod.

    Comment by shackman — July 7, 2014 @ 12:03 | Reply

  6. The question I get asked is “How are you?” Everyone who knows me knows that I am fraught with more maladies than an aging daytime drama (soap opera) queen. I don’t know how to answer. Fine seems like lying. The truth would be much too burdensome. So I usually turn it around and ask them the same question or something equally innocuous. It all turns into fodder for a Monty Python sketch!

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — July 9, 2014 @ 18:12 | Reply

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