'Good' isn't good enough? No problem!

January 29, 2012

I loved Paula Simon's recent commentary on the phrase "No problem" ("The problem with 'no problem,'" Jan. 25).

My own pet peeve regards the grammatically incorrect response of "good" when someone asks "how are you?"

This response is pervasive even among educated people. The dictionary makes it quite clear that a response of "good" is appropriate in many instances but never when conveying one's well-being.

Unfortunately, I sense that the correct response — "fine, thank you" — is a thing of the past, as the English language continues to be slaughtered.

Diana Amrhein

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