27 October 2006


"My response to hearty strangers who ask me, 'How are you?' was to reply, 'No worse.' This has a suitably disconcerting effect. Now in my nineties, I say, almost certainly correctly, 'Probably worse.' My Uncle, late Bishop of Ely, used to reply, 'What business is it of yours?' But he was in a position to do so."

- Letter from Wing Commander Tom Hudson to The Times Modern Manners, 23 October 2006, in response to a discussion on the greeting, 'Howdydoo?'

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