Have a good one

Ever since I’ve been in the US everybody seems to say, “Have a good one.”

Is this a Boston thing? Or something that creeped into the general language over the last few years?

I’m sure it was not an almost universal way of saying goodbye when I was last here. Everybody seems to use it – store clerks, receptionists, nurses, people in the elevator … Almost everybody.

It sounds a bit … off to me. A bit too casual or something. And of course you can’t help but think, “A good what?”


Have a good one — 4 Comments

  1. “Have a good one” means “Have a good day, week, time, whatever. Wishing you well. It’s been around for a long time. I’m in California and people say it here as well. How long since you’ve been in the states? Also, I think we are far more casual in our communications with strangers/customers/those we don’t know well here in the states than elsewhere. I’ve not been to Japan, but I’ve noticed it when I’ve traveled to Great Britain, Europe and Scandinavia.

  2. I believe that idiomatic expression evolved from a common response to “Have a nice day”, which seems to have replaced “Goodbye” especially in a business setting or among people who aren’t particularly close. A natural response to “Have a nice day” was “You have a good one too” and eventually “Have a good one” became a standalone expression.

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