“How do you do?” That statement was an integral part of my upbringing. My parents taught us to say that whenever we met someone new. And it is so ingrained that even today it is what I say when I meet someone for the first time.
I realise now that it is possibly peculiar to my British upbringing. Certainly it does not appear to be universal. I remember being rather taken aback by the response when living in Canada. There people took it much more literally and almost invariably responded, “ I am good, thank you.” Yet despite this the habit remains!
Now, you are no doubt wondering what brought this up, and why I am writing about this here and what relevance it could possibly have, so let me explain.