It's only this: At any given time in any given circumstance someone will: 1. Cough 2. Sneeze 3. Clear their throat 4. Do the Felix Unger sound in clearing their sinuses 5. Maybe expel gas? 6. Make an audible "ahem"! or something similar. Point being there are sounds just as I just described that will almost always bring the silly but presumably well intentioned inquiry "Are You Alright"? WHY?
Save those inquiries for someone in obvious distress--- perhaps: 1. Fell off a curb and got hit by a car 2. Choking or gasping and showing a blue face. 3. Doubled over in pain anywhere. 4. Bitten by a vicious gerbil or woodchuck or 5. hemmed in by a skunk. 6. Being butted by a billy or nanny goat.
You get the picture. You may say, "but Carole, it's all well intentioned. Why should that bother you?" Well, probably it does or annoys me really, for several reasons. 1. It's a phrase always spoken loudly or shouted at the top of someones lungs who doesn't truly care about the answer. I have seen many an example of this. One was where I work out a few weeks ago.
Yes..I know. There are naysayers who will argue with me and tell me there are many many times when someone does ask, asks for good reason rather than trying to look like they care, demonstrate that they do care. I know. I'm only presenting the other side. Just my thoughts. You know how that goes.