How to Tell Someone How You Are "Doing"

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Reader Comments (17)

Almost burst a blood vessel laughing: "Meat's the cannon ball and..."

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTeemac


He he he.

December 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDanoi

Um... what's up with that woman's boobs? *waves everyone over* Have a look at panel two and three? It would appear that this woman has the most unfortunate breastages of all time.

April 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJim & Joey

i seriously never understood the habit of americans to begin a conversation - or an order at the restaurant, or virtually any other verbal exchange - with "How are you doing?" - "Fine!"; if it's against social standards to answer honestly, why bother asking in the first place?
that was, until i was introduced to the principle of the three-way-handshake... the "SYN" - "SYN_ACK" - "ACK" of the TCP protocol... it became instantly clear to me after that...
i tried telling an american.
he thinks i'm weird.

at least he's not asking me how i'm doing anymore...

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheng

I've found that "how are you doing" really means "is there anything wrong that concerns me?"

If you answer with anything other than "fine," it means yes, something's wrong and it concerns you.

The alternate meaning is "I want to start a benign and not-too-personal conversation, so here's a meaningless phrase to break the silence."

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

Random Person "How's it going?/How are you doing?/How are you?"
Me "Fine, You?"
Random Person walks off or is already gone.

This happens to me over and over and over and over and...

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersomeone

I'm going backwards, but I feel like this is the first time I've seen your expression in panel 3. I wouldn't be surprised if I was right.

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHoboSnake

Do you afterwords say "...Or you could just walk off, that's cool too."?

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterADSF

It's always really annoying when people ask you "how're you doing?" and you know full well that they don't want an honest answer. This has lead top my answering the question with "How honest an answer do you actually want?" I've found it usually leads to 3 possible outcomes:
1 They get weirded out and leave. If thy didn't actually want to talk to me, then they shouldn't have tried.
2 They feel obligated to answer with "just be honest" which means I can answer honestly and entertain myself by making them feel awkward.
3 "That bad huh?"--usually the people who genuinely wanted to know.

I also greet my friends with "Should I ask how you're doing?"

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQueen_Undine

I agree with this strip due to the fact that my sarcasm has also crossed into my daily existence. Sarcasm comes with the rest of the package now. There's no telling how I mean anything. But, this is a good comic. See what I did there?

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNotSoCuddly

Oh my god I'm still laughing from the second panel!

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett

Them: How are you doing?

Me: How the hell should I know?

January 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Silberstein

Correct answer: So are your pants.

Them: What!?

You: Pants, baby, PANTS!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

The really terrible thing about this is that I know if I tried panel one myself, I would never get that response to "doing what?"

Which is a shame, because that's beautifully sarcastic, and it would go well with the answer to "What's up?". (Answer: If we're outside, "The sky." If we're inside, "The ceiling." If I just got out of bed, "Me.")

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTsunoba

I reply to "How are you doing?" with "I'm doing."

I also reply to "How's it going?" with "It's going."

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteruwg

I work as a cashier. I have this problem all the time. Sir or ma'am, I know that you honestly couldn't care less, so please don't ask. It just makes things awkward for both of us.

It's especially fun when the customer then asks if I'm being sincere. What do you think? I'm just tired of say, "Fine, how are you?" all day long.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLupisReapyr

When people ask me “How are you?” I always say “So-so. How are you?” This does multiple things. It means I don’t have to lie and say I’m fine when I’m not, but it softens the truth, which is that I’m depressed. Also, it volleys the question back at them before they can ask me why I’m “only so-so”—plus it’s the decent thing to do, to reciprocate their interest.

March 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity
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