Past Is Prologue

The History of Mind-Numbing Chitchat

How ‘How are you?’ (and other meaningless phrases) came to dominate conversations everywhere

Paper cut out of mouth with speech motif graphics.
Paper cut out of mouth with speech motif graphics.

“You see someone that you know and they ask you how are you, and you just have to say that you’re fine when you’re not really fine, but you just can’t get into it because they would never…