#MondayMusings – You Okay?
When I first moved to the UK I was rather unnerved by the typical greeting: “You okay?” I wondered if I looked ill or if I was somehow wearing my pants (underwear) outside my trousers (pants). Were they asking if something was WRONG with me?
Then a friend surmised (not sure how reliable this person is) that the greeting originated during the Blitz in London during World War II.
It was a reassurance that a friend or stranger had survived intact. A quick check that they had indeed made it through. “Okay? You okay?”
Now the greeting is a cursory, automatic response. It doesn’t unnerve me because, in fact, I am surviving just fine. And I answer: “Yeah, you?”
But after catastrophic fire, flood, drought, and wind in the US maybe it’s worth taking a note from our British cousins. You okay?