Rural Speak, Western Canadian Edition

There are many ways to answer, “How are you?”. Some are standard English textbook – “Fine”, “good”, etc. My favourites are regional because they speak to the culture of that region. I was raised in a few different small towns in British Columbia, Canada, and often heard:

“How are you? / How’s it going?”
“It’s all gone sideways.” Def: Nothing went right today, or it’s been a disaster.
“Fair to middlin.” Def: less than good but getting better.
“Middlin onward.” Def: about average and improving.

What are the ways your region tackles the “How are you” question?

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