We all know that if someone asks “how are you?” we can answer saying “I’m good/I’m fine”. But if you stop to think a little about this, there are a wide range of human emotions that can’t be expressed with a single and simple word. Fortunately, each language has not only words but also diverse idiomatic expressions to try to define the different moods and feeling of a human being.
In this article, you can find some idiomatic expressions to describe your humor that you can use when someone asks “How are you?”. Some may be the same as in your native tongue, while others can be found only in the English language.
- On cloud nine
If you are “in the clouds”, this indicates extreme happiness.
- On pins and needles
Literally meaning on pins and needles, this indicates a state of suspense and tension.
- Mixed feelings
This expression literally means what it says. It conveys a condition in which there are diverse feelings happening at the same time which can contradict each other.
- Fed up
This phrasal verb indicates a condition of frustration in relation to a situation that has truly become untenable.
- Chip on his shoulder
This metaphorical expression is used to describe a behavior that denotes the discomfort and anger of someone who has been treated unjustly.
- Go to pieces
If you go to pieces, you fall apart. This phrase indicates deep pain.
- Shaken up
This phrase means you are shocked. It indicates the dazed feeling after strong, unforeseen, or unexpected news.
- Feeling under the weather
This expression is linked to the British climate and the seasonal diseases that winter can bring. It indicates a state of general malaise and can be translated as not feeling good. Mentioning the weather brings to mind the seasonal discomfort and cold that a humid and rainy climate carries with it.