"Fancy meeting you here!"

A rhetorical question sometimes mistaken for authentic interest.

Commonly used as a greeting device, especially prevalent in North American cultures.


Appropriate response fragments include:


Adding an inflection to the response ending can:

  • Signify one’s poise and elevated social status
  • Imitate enthusiasm and delight
  • Provide self-affirmation (who doesn’t hope that their opinion really counts)
  • Throw colleagues off the trail

Well hi there, how are YOU doing?

© 2015 Matthew E. Jess