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What do you mean when you tell someone you are "fine"

riverbeauty™ 2008/12/27 07:56:25
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I ask people how they are doing and they say, "I'm fine."

I talk to someone about parenting and they say, "Well, my parents did it this way and I turned out fine..."

I talk to some people and they say, "That chick/dude is fine!"
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  • icymore 2008/12/27 07:58:44 (edited)
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    Sometimes it means I am fine. Other times it means I'm not fine, but I don't want to talk about it, and I know that if I say something is wrong you will insist I talk about it. So I just say I'm fine.

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  • small girl 2009/01/12 00:01:42
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    it could mean so many things.
  • Chey 2008/12/31 22:35:38
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    Chey
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    one of several things
    1. I don't want to get into a conversation with you
    2. i don't want to talk about how i am really feeling
    3. i'm in the middle of something
    4. go away!
    5. i may really be fine
  • Smoky 2008/12/30 19:40:25
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    Smoky
    +1
    It means I'm okay :P
  • Southern Man 2008/12/30 19:09:23
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    how am i doing ........ fine ........ means i dont care to talk about
    parenting ............ i turned out fine .............. means i'll raise my kids my way shut up
    that chick is fine ..... means i like the way she looks
  • Unmistakably Liz 2008/12/30 17:50:21
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    Unmistakably Liz
    +1
    Leave me alone. Let's end the conversation.
  • kody 2008/12/30 04:34:47
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    i can handle whatever is bothering me
  • * 2008/12/29 22:12:32 (edited)
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    I'm doing fine = I've had a $hitty day..so don't ask.
  • Brian T... * 2009/01/03 12:24:48
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    +1
    Doing Fantastic!

    fantastic
  • hotsalsa 2008/12/29 21:58:56
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    +1
    When ppl ask me if I'm okay and I say that I am fine I either mean I am really okay or just kinda sad/upset.
  • Britt: In Pixie Dust We Trust 2008/12/29 16:12:36
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    Britt: In Pixie Dust We Trust
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    It means I'm really uninterested in talking about it so I'm trying to passify you. uninterested talking passify
  • ~Donna~ conspiracy theorist... 2008/12/29 14:02:06
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    ~Donna~ conspiracy theorists don't seem so nutty anymore do they
    +1
    that my life is in progress and I don't feel too crappy.....
  • KUDABUX 2008/12/29 03:36:36 (edited)
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    When someone asks me how I feel and I say 'fine', I actually mean that I'm really in a bitchy mood. Don't go there.
    asks feel fine
  • noopinion 2008/12/29 02:49:46
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    Fine means I know they don't really want to hear it so I just say fine. How are you doin?.... fine.Or it means I don't want to argue.. Is that guy hot or what?.....fine. It can also replace the word shit. Do you hear that siren?....fine
  • thecrookedhalo 2008/12/28 23:46:26
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    +3
    "I'm fine" for me means, "Lets avoid any further awkward conversation. Please go about your business and leave me alone."
  • Rose(The Threat Is Real) 2008/12/28 22:59:41
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    Rose(The Threat Is Real)
    +2
    fine can be used for different meanings like
    Fine:Hot (damn she is fine)
    Fine:Doing ok (yeah everything's fine)
    Fine:speeding ticket (damn pig gave me a fine)
  • Maria 2008/12/28 22:38:47
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    manner of way saying I'm fine and thank you for asking. trying to pass time and be positive. manner fine pass positive
  • ~Doll Princess~ 2008/12/28 21:54:24
    I mean that...
    ~Doll Princess~
    +1
    I mean that I am not going to tell them my wellbeing . Either they are not close enough-or I don't care to disclose.

    Besides, I generally use the term "good"
  • aisling13 2008/12/28 20:48:52
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    aisling13
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    I don't even mean *anything* most of the time. It's just a conditioned response to get past the small talk and into the important stuff.
  • Heathaface 2008/12/28 19:38:52
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    +1
    it means ur ok and if a chick is fine it means shes hot
  • Peggy 2008/12/28 18:50:28
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    Peggy
    +1
    I am telling them what answer they really want to here to a question usually asked to be polite
  • 519378 2008/12/28 07:33:54
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    It is a social convention.
    When someone asks how you are, they do not want a litany of your ills.
    Nobody wants to hear that I have diarrhea or that I have snot dripping out of my nose.

    So shucks, I just respond that 'I'm fine as snuff' because you can't get much finer than that.
  • noopinion 519378 2008/12/29 02:45:32
    noopinion
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    I have heard "fine as frogs hair". Is that finer than snuff? lol
  • Wilson 2008/12/28 07:16:47
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    For me "I'm fine" means "You don't really want a play-by-play on my welfare so I'm not going to dump my business on you. You're being civil so I'll make it easy for you and
    just say "I'm fine."

    fine=ok
  • Eternal Sunshine 2008/12/28 07:03:52
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    Eternal Sunshine
    +1
    i;m really not fine, i want you to know that i'm not good and that i'm really feeling horrible but i also dont want to talk about whats wrong with me. i just want you to know that something is wrong.
  • Suki 2008/12/28 06:53:36
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    Usually I mean that you don't want to even get started having to listen to my problems and I don't want to talk about it either, so I'm just saying "Fine."
  • hyacinthwoman 2008/12/28 06:53:22
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    hyacinthwoman
    +3
    A-I'm fine. (polite response)
    B-I'm fine (I know you don't give a rip anyway)
    C-I'm fine....and this is what is going on with me.....How about you?
    Depends on the situation and the person. It is pretty transparent when the question is asked and there are no lights on.
  • ElectronicAlexa [dhr] 2008/12/28 06:48:20
  • Mrs. Magness 2008/12/28 06:04:49
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    Mrs. Magness
    +1
    it usually means im irritated or im saying to leave me alone
  • Holy Crap Dude 2008/12/28 06:00:06
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    Holy Crap Dude
    +1
    It means that I think that you think that I think that Im sexy. Ha. Complicated yet simple.
  • sandy60 2008/12/28 05:32:32
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    +2
    fine is just another word for...I'm not going to tell you the truth...cause I am not that close to you to reveal what I am really feeling...or maybe they are just fine.
  • Katie ~ I love sergeantP ~ 2008/12/28 05:03:02
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    Katie ~ I love sergeantP ~
    +2
    It usually means I am fine... sometimes it might mean another thing, but if I wanted to tell whats wrong I would.
  • cronewinter 2008/12/28 04:35:25 (edited)
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    cronewinter
    +3
    frustrated
    insecure
    neurotic
    emotional
    In other words I'm fine..leave me alone
  • bec 2008/12/28 04:31:37
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    bec
    +1
    idont know what i mean
  • ALEXIA 2008/12/28 04:21:29
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    ALEXIA
    +1
    i mean that i don't want them to know what "fine" realy means.
  • lines7 2008/12/28 04:09:23
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    +2
    "Fine" for me equals, "I am currently in no danger of taking my life or the life of someone else". Generally, of course.
  • riverbe... lines7 2008/12/28 04:11:16
    riverbeauty™
    of course...
  • Wayne 2008/12/28 04:06:04
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    Wayne
    +1
    When I say, "Im Fine", it is a statement of the recognition of my very own quality. Fine like fine wine. fine statement recognition quality fine fine wine
    That's right baby ... drink it in ... slowly ...
  • riverbe... Wayne 2008/12/28 04:10:26
    riverbeauty™
    how did you know my kryptonite is Mr. Diesel

    kryptonite diesel
  • :)SuperGirl(: 2008/12/28 03:12:39
    I mean this....
    :)SuperGirl(:
    +2
    i usually mean "im ok so stop asking me about it" lol
  • Phillies Phan 2008/12/28 02:58:20
    I mean this....
    Phillies Phan
    +1
    I have no woppies at that time. Nothing is bothering me. When I play around on Sodahead is because I'm fine at that time.

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