DEAR MISS MANNERS: There is a saying that is very common nowadays, and it bothers me. When I go to the bank, the post office or the grocery store and finish my transaction, the employee will often say, "Have a good one!"
What does that even mean? Have a good what? Do I get to remove the word "one" and fill it in myself with "day," "night," "holiday," "vacation" ...?
Where did this saying come from? Why can't people use more words and be intentional about what they say? I think it is an odd saying, and a lazy one, but I don't ever correct anyone who says it to me. I just reply with something like, "Have a good day!"
GENTLE READER: Most likely they cannot be more intentional because they do not know your plans. And Miss Manners feels certain that you would prefer this brief comment to a lengthy conversation so they can find out.