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29th October 2012

My my, you're looking well @ 21:43

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And I mean that sincerely. No I do. Or do I? Are you sure you know what I mean? Am I sure what I mean? Do I mean the same as you when you say it? How about some nice cake? Tell you what....have a poll.....

Poll #1875534 You're looking well

When someone says to you "You're looking well" you think they mean

You're the poster boy or girl of health and well being
7(38.9%)
Are you pregnant?
2(11.1%)
You're a fat fuck, lose some weight fatty
3(16.7%)
You look like death, when's the funeral?
1(5.6%)
Someone else
0(0.0%)
You're wearing a brick skirt with a hat made of thatch and a bucket facinator attached to your nose piercing
1(5.6%)
you harm
0(0.0%)
to insult your religion
0(0.0%)
to cause you to come out in hives
0(0.0%)
something else that you'd write in comments if you could be arsed
1(5.6%)
something else that you'll write in comments
2(11.1%)
like
1(5.6%)
retweet
0(0.0%)
+1
0(0.0%)

When you say "You're looking well" to someone you mean

Gosh! You're a healthy looking thing
9(50.0%)
You fat fuck, lay off the biscuits
0(0.0%)
Are you pregnant?
1(5.6%)
What disease are you carrying?
1(5.6%)
To say it to someone else
0(0.0%)
That's a nice brick skirt you're wearing, I like the thatch hat too. Not so sure of the bucket thing though
2(11.1%)
to cause insult
0(0.0%)
to cause injury
0(0.0%)
to cause offence
0(0.0%)
something else that you'd write in comments if you could be arsed
1(5.6%)
Something else that you'll write in comments
1(5.6%)
like
2(11.1%)
retweet
1(5.6%)
+1
0(0.0%)
 
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From:noting_nothing
Date:29th October 2012 22:00 (UTC)
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I would be unlikely to say this to someone - just because I know that people are likely to misintepret what I mean.
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From:stegzy
Date:31st October 2012 19:08 (UTC)
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See, now I'm glad you said that because until recently I was the same. But not I find myself saying "You look well" because I can make it mean what I want it to mean to myself and as long as I know what I mean then I feel justified without causing offence. If you know what I mean.
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From:think4yrself
Date:29th October 2012 23:07 (UTC)
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When someone says to me "You're looking well" I think they mean to make smalltalk.

When I say "You're looking well" to someone I mean well.

When I say "You're looking well" to you, Sir, I mean I'd love to meet you in person, finally, and Zoe and you should make plans to visit me as soon as possible. That's an order!

Edited at 2012-10-30 00:53 (UTC)
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From:stegzy
Date:31st October 2012 19:12 (UTC)
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I think a few people use it as an ice breaker/small talk. Depending on how well I know them I tend to ask them out right "Are you saying I'm fat?" in a dead pan fashion. If not aimed well it often falls flat on its face.

Plans are being discussed. :-)
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From:think4yrself
Date:31st October 2012 19:51 (UTC)
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Excellent! :-) Keep me posted.

Edited at 2012-10-31 19:52 (UTC)
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From:fj_warren
Date:30th October 2012 09:26 (UTC)
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In this part of the world 'You're looking well' means 'Are you pregnant?'

Of course, if you say it to a person who is knocking on a bit it could be interpreted as 'When's the funeral?'
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From:stegzy
Date:31st October 2012 19:14 (UTC)
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Ah now I've had that too. I once said "You're looking well" to a girl who then protested that she wasn't effing pregnant. I suppose that is where I get the "You're looking fat" thing comes from for me....
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From:fj_warren
Date:1st November 2012 13:13 (UTC)
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I'd never say "You're looking fat" to someone! I might compliment them on their 'Love handles' but this would depend on how well I knew them . . . and my energy levels!!!
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From:louenn
Date:30th October 2012 15:24 (UTC)
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I'm more likely to say someone's looking good rather than well. I mean, I don't want people to think that I think they look like a hole in the ground out of which one can draw water with a bucket, after all!
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From:stegzy
Date:31st October 2012 19:15 (UTC)
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I dunno....you might. I believe it is quite the fashionable look at the moment amongst the yoof.
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From:louenn
Date:31st October 2012 19:37 (UTC)
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I have a feeling I'm too old to be called a yoof these days... Plus the habit kind of marks me out as being even more odd than your regular adult!
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From:necropalice
Date:31st October 2012 00:10 (UTC)
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I assume they're saying that I look alright compared to the bag of spanners I usually present.
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From:stegzy
Date:31st October 2012 19:17 (UTC)
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Heh! I like that..."Bag of spanners" I'm going to add that to my lexicon....:-)
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From:fj_warren
Date:1st November 2012 13:19 (UTC)
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If you need more for your lexicon how about, for use in restricted company only, - 'An 'atful of ar*e'oles' . . . . . but the Cornish accent (an inbuilt aversion to using the letter 'H') certainly adds to the delivery! Another one you might like is 'Like an owl geeking through an ivy bush'! :-D

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