Who says "Have a good one!"?!!!?!
September 23, 2009 9:38 AM Subscribe
I almost never heard "Have a good one!" (in place of "Have a nice day!") until I moved to central NY - now I hear it at least once a day. Is it a semi-regionalism, a semi-neologism, or is this just confirmation bias?
posted by Knicke to Writing & Language (58 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So...I grew up in the Great Lakes region, and spent a good amount of time in Kansas and Colorado during college. During that time, I don't recall hearing "Have a good one!" much, if at all. I moved to Syracuse, NY about 3 years ago and immediately noticed tons of people using this expression. I've done a bit of looking around on this, and have found this references attributing this expression to paratroopers originally (i.e. 'have a good landing!')...so I assume it's been around awhile.
Do people in your area use this expression? Is it more of an East coast thing? Something that crops up in proximity to military bases (Fort Drum isn't that far away from me)? Is it that I'm just now noticing it?
Hoping this isn't too 'chat-filtery' - I really like regional vernacular and would like to know if this qualifies.