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In response to some comments about my last post:

I understand now that “I’m well” is grammatically correct. I’m just saying I struggled with that information for awhile until it was explained by some random etiquette expert on the internet. And I’m saying that I just don’t like how it sounds. While I generally approve of good grammar, I think there are times in casual conversation when it sounds forced. Like I would rarely say “With whom did you go to the movie?” even though I know it’s proper.

Also, the whole adverb-is-modifying-“am” thing is incorrect. Whatever the word is – well, good, purple, unctious – is modifying “I.” In any other circumstances you would never use an adverb after “I am;” you would use an adjective (“I am angry,” not “I am angrily”). The point of the online etiquette lady is that this is the one time when you can use what is technically an adverb to describe “I.”

Regardless, my point is that I’m conceding on this. So give me a break and don’t call me chick when my name is here and available for your use.

  • mcm

    OK, I’m behind on the comments… but I’m also not a fan of “I’m well,” whereas I’ve got no problem with “I’m doing well.” No idea if you make that differentiation, too….

  • The Adverb Ninja

    You’re overdue for some Sarah Palin humor. The female political comedy void created by the end of the Democratic nomination race has now been filled.

  • Adam875

    Okay, while we’re on the subject of grammar peeves, when did “awhile” become a word? Not a jab at you, it IS a word, but why isn’t it “a while?” This seems like a fairly recent development, but maybe I’ve just been wrong for 30 years.

  • sannyclaus

    Molly you are on the good list, hope this message finds you well and happy

  • Bob Barbanes

    Molllllll-ly, look, “I feel good” is fine and proper. Don’t believe me? Ask Mirriam-Webster. They know a thing or two about words. Here’s a direct quote:
    “An old notion that it is wrong to say ‘I feel good’ in reference to health still occasionally appears in print. The origins of this notion are obscure, but they seem to combine someone’s idea that good should be reserved to describe virtue and uncertainty about whether an adverb or an adjective should follow feel. Today nearly everyone agrees that both good and well can be predicate adjectives after feel. Both are used to express good health, but good may connote good spirits in addition to good health.”

    So don’t listen to the grammar nazis. I’m with you.

    (Love the new Sonic spots, btw.)

  • michael

    Have you moved on from doing Sonic commercials altogether? I ask b/c that’s pretty much the only way I can see your work since you seem to be concentrating on sitcoms, which I don’t watch anymore, or stage work, which is cool, but I wouldn’t be able to afford to see you if you came to Atlanta.

    In any event, good luck with your career.

  •  Dwayne Twill

    Wow – reading this post doesn’t make me feel good – I mean – well.

  • vemene

    As a reformed Grammar Nazi, I have developed a repertoire of three basic responses to draw from when asked “How are you?”

    1. If I’m in a sociable mood, I say “I’m doing well — or well enough, at least.” Besides being grammatically correct, this either provides a hook for further conversation or can be left unreplied-to, at the interrogator’s discretion.

    2. If I want to throw a curve, I say “Groovy.” It’s an often-unexpected and rather atavistic combination adjective/adverb that can lead anywhere.

    3. If I’m feeling especially anti-social, I say “Constipated.” And then generally never have to engage that particular person in conversation ever again.


    See also this relevant webcomic.

  • zregime

    There once was an actress named Molly
    Who, simply put, was just a dolly
    When she comes on TV
    My heart sings loudly
    Oh Moll, you’re so babely, good golly

    Keep up the great work!

  •  Anonymous

    I always liked George Carlin’s reply:
    “I’m not unwell, thank you!”

  • Stacey

    I’m bad, but well.
    I’m good, but ill.

    You might just decide to leave them hanging, by confidently replying, “I am.”

    Or perhaps you could ask for clarification: “How am I WHAT?”

    At the end of it all, you can just remind yourself that in LA, no one REALLY cares how you are doing. It’s all just empty words, even if it ends with a question mark.

  •  Riiiiight

    Ms. Erdman,

    Lemme get this straight. For six months you don’t respond to comments. Zero. Then you snap my leash on “chick,” the informal gender equivalent of “dude?” And this in an empathetic support of your grammar pet peeve?

    You’re a professional improvisational comedienne offended by “chick,” of all words?


    My sincerest apologies, Ms. Erdman.

    If my words offend, I only seek to mend. Perchance you’d find it in your heart to grant me a retraction in order that I may fully express the loathsome depths of my perfidy in a manor befitting an etiquette of formal communication appropriate to these forums of digital flotsam?


    My dearest Ms. Erdman,

    I implore you to seek the boundaries of the gender nomenclature outrage you attach to the casual terms of misplaced endearment. Please, find those boundaries. Measure those boundaries. Wrap your erstwhile righteous indignation around said boundaries. Then pull the mainsail ropes to gather your indignity into a compaction, a ball which you might find appropriate to self-impact into your duodenum with a sufficient amount of force to rend yourself anally.

    Formal enough, Your Worship?

    Huge fan to middle finger with one leash snap. Wow.