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"How do you feel in yourself?"

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chequersandchess Wed 15-Oct-08 17:17:18

The mainstay of health visitors and midwives.

I mean, wtf does it actually mean?

<here endeth>

CountessDracula Wed 15-Oct-08 17:20:01

it is a tautology

chequersandchess Wed 15-Oct-08 17:24:18

Ok...tautology - is that where you say the same thing twice, e.g. "free gift" or am I confused?

chequersandchess Wed 15-Oct-08 17:25:09

Oh, am I allowed to use ellipsis in pedant's corner? That was wrong, wasn't it?


Kathyis6incheshigh Wed 15-Oct-08 17:25:29

Well I think it means something.
Eg if someone said to me now 'how do you feel?' I'd say 'well I'm a bit stressed cos I'm busy at work and worried about the new au pair' but if they said 'how do you feel in yourself?' I'd be more introspective.

CountessDracula Wed 15-Oct-08 17:25:31


How are you in yourself is just silly I agree
I mean they wouldn't say how are you in Roger. Or how are you in the kitchen

CountessDracula Wed 15-Oct-08 17:27:55

but why not just say

"How are you"

Kathyis6incheshigh Wed 15-Oct-08 17:28:28

But suppose they asked Roger how he was in somebody else?

CountessDracula Wed 15-Oct-08 17:34:26

Well that would be a very different matter wink

SorenLorensen Wed 15-Oct-08 17:37:44

"I don't, my arms aren't long enough," is the correct response.

turquoise Wed 15-Oct-08 17:48:37

The alternative is to say "how are you?" with head tilted to one side and an "I'm a really really caring person" look.

BarcodeZebra Wed 15-Oct-08 20:40:07

I feel rammed full of organs, giblets and the like. Oh, and several pints of bile, lymph and blood. Probably a bit of pus too.

BarcodeZebra Wed 15-Oct-08 20:40:58

Sorry, I forgot the mucus. There's definitely some mucus at present too.

FattipuffsandThinnifers Wed 15-Oct-08 20:57:10

Oh my god I hate hate hate this expression!!! And so true that it's so often HVs and midwives who use it. Even worse is if they use it in reference to your DC: "but how is baby in himself". Arrrggghhhh.

Rhubarb Wed 15-Oct-08 20:59:07

Fine thanks, and how are you guys diddling?

FattipuffsandThinnifers Wed 15-Oct-08 20:59:16

Sorry for the overuse of exclamation marks btw. blush I'm sure it's a pet hate of many here but I feel very strongly about this.

FattipuffsandThinnifers Wed 15-Oct-08 21:00:32

grin Lol Rhubarb. I hope I soon have occasion to use that response.

BBBee Wed 15-Oct-08 21:02:33

you have got it wrong - i think they are asking about masterbation - that is how I always answer it anyway.

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