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Old December 18 2012, 09:43 PM   #344
Miss Chicken
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Re: Sayings that you hate now

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Isn't the phrase just a variation of the old How do you do?
Indeed. I live in the U.S and I still find that puzzling. However, we're just a bunch of courteous people trying to be friendly. I admit, I ask that question everyday at work. It's kind of an ice-breaker for what I do.
That's one of the things I love about the US that I wish we still had in UK. A small gesture costs nothing, and all you need to do is smile and say 'Fine (or other as appropriate), thank you'. I realise they're not really asking me how I am or requesting some life statement
Here the question is often "How has your day been?". I usually "Good" but sometimes I answer "Boring, all I been doing is housework", or "Great, just been to movies".

I know that some large stores have secret shoppers who report sales staff who don't greet customers politely.
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