Today’s post includes a vignette from three years ago, and then talks about one of the points in the vignette. Because why not I tell a short story of nonfiction? It poses an interesting question at the end.
In the fall quarter of 2014, I was a TA for Vector Calculus, and Prof. Matkowsky was the professor with whom I worked, as well as one other TA, Paul.
I had previously TA’d once for Prof. Matkowsky, and he offered us food during grading periods and also to take us out for lunch. The first time, it was to the Cohen Commons in Tech.
In 2014 (and yes, since I journaled, the exact date was October 29…), after having done some exam grading, Prof. Matkowsky invited Paul and me to lunch, and we ate at the Noyes Street Cafe. I got a tasty salmon dish, and the lunch appointment was nice. We discussed art, how the class was going, and also joked about jaywalking.
At the end of lunch, when the server offered us dessert, I said, “I’m good.”
Prof. Matkowsky then mused, “That’s not really an answer to the question!”
And in thinking about it, he is one hundred percent correct.
Yet, it seems common for people to say, “No, I’m good” or “I’m fine” when they are asked if they would like dessert or something else. Thus, it seems that “I’m good/fine” almost doubles as a “no thank you” response. But, as Matkowsky said, it doesn’t really answer the question correctly.
It makes me wonder what other phrases are used colloquially for which everyone understands the implication, even when it doesn’t answer the question!
Or, I can start singing, with major apologies to Ringo Starr:
“I am good please, it only makes me sneeze! And then it makes it hard to find the door!”
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