"Have a good one!"

I just love (it) when, for example, I'm in a store checkout line and after paying the cashier I'll hear the parting line "Have a good one!" Now, what exactly is that supposed to mean? Have a good bout with the flu? Have a good b.m.? Have a good visit with your proctologist later on? Or simply have a good day? What? "Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah, I'll have a good one alright. Same to ya!"


Blogger The Neologiac Spooneristocrat said...

SCO'Re, are you hearing "have a good one" at store checkout counters in Tübingen?!? I know Englishisms have wormed their way into much of tech-savvy German (and, of course, into languages worldwide), but for this American casualism to extend its tentacles AS FAR AS EUROPE is quite a feat for such a vapid phrase, I daresay.

6:06 PM  
Blogger SCO'Re von (temporarily at least) Tübingen GmbH said...

Nah, it hasn't spread here, yet. "Have a good one" is just a phrase that always gave my mom and dad a laugh. It just happened to come to mind.

8:54 PM  
Blogger W1ll13 30% Hacker said...

Wow. I say "have a good one" all the time, and I've never been a cashier. Interestingly, I am conscious of affecting an extra rounding on the vowel when I say it.

As far as what it should mean from the cashier, I would think the most logical choice would be that she wants you to have a good day. But maybe when she says "have a good one" she only wants you to have ONE good day, the implication being that she wants all the rest of your days to be bad. Next time someone says such a rude thing to you you should let 'em have it. (But, of course, you have to guess what "it" means here.)

9:54 PM  
Blogger SCO'Re von (temporarily at least) Tübingen GmbH said...

Yes, so rude it is! :-D

8:55 AM  
Blogger Neal said...

I used to say in response, "Have two good ones!"

4:56 PM  
Blogger squishykitty said...

It's best when they don't put the "d" on the word "good." So it sounds like they are really from the ghetto. The window people at Dunkin Donuts are experts at this. "Have a goo- one!" they say. I think they are very proud to be able to emulate the way the rich black people speak. Someday they will make it to donut management.

2:42 PM  
Blogger perke said...

someone just IMd me with "have a good one" in response to "i'm going to bed." how does this sound to you?

1:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha that's the funniest thing. same thing happened to me as Perke. Ahh coincidences

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Blogger 3rd3y3 said...

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Blogger Secret said...

I think, it is a kind of generic word can be understood as different meanings like
Have a good night
Have a good evening
Have a good work
Have a good journey
Have a good party
Have a good study
or whatever you are going to do have a good one.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

lol, I say have a good one all the time! It always means 'have a good day'. I never thought anyone would take it differently. One never stops learning. Keeping to standard English is the best policy, interesting.

1:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have a Good One" as a saying originated in the military, way back in the first days of paratrooping. It was used to express well wishes to those soon to be exiting the aircraft. And was meant to have a good landing.

2:06 PM  
Blogger KatieBug said...

"Have a Good One" originated at the first delivery rooms in hospitals. When the anesthesiologist would give the woman the spinal tap they would say "have a good one", referring to baby that she was soon to have.

1:40 AM  
Blogger monsoon said...

As the originator of the phrase in the mid-to-late 70's, I can say without a doubt that Secret has it right. It's generic, like, whatever you're going to do, have a good one. It took a few years to go from the West coast to the East coast.

I like George Carlin's response. He said, "I already have a good one; I want a longer one."

7:57 AM  
Blogger Spiritbound said...

I want to set the record straight.
The year was 1973, the most common phrases were Have a good day, Cya Later or Keep on Trucken. At the time I thought how great it would be to come up with a new catchy phrase, something with a more powerful meaning. It was at that time I coined the phrase ”Have a Good One. One with Spirit.” I realized the phrase was to long so I shorten it to “Have a Good One” With the intent that if the phases ever came back to me I would answer it with, “One With Spirit”. The idea behind the saying: Be one with Spirit.
This is the true meaning behind “Have a Good One”

3:09 PM  

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