They call me mister literal

Good morning. One part good, one part morning. A few people say this to me at work: Pete, Cyril, Nicky, Taylor. Because I am Mr Literal, I choose to take it at face value — good morning. My response varies from “I’m with you on the ‘morning’ part” or “not really” to, if I’m feeling nice, “hello.” I almost never say “good morning” because if I had to get up at 7:22 to go somewhere I don’t want to be, then it’s decidedly not a good morning. I feel I have a right to be cranky under the circumstances. I certainly don’t expect anyone else to be chipper at the prospect of being on their feet for the next 7 hours.

Other people, the more “homey” types, say “what’s up?” instead of “good morning.” I don’t think it’s actually a question, but I answer it anyway. Usually with “books.”

3 Replies to “They call me mister literal”

  1. My work greeting has always been a neutral “mornin'” as in “Mornin’ Neighbour” and such. It allows me to acknowledge someone without making a judgement as to their state of mind or whither or not it is in fact a “Good Morning”. Of course being neutral is a little waffling. I once wrote a poem that had the opening line “Neutrality is a godless whore”, so maybe I should try to be a little more incisive…

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