Whenever you hear someone say “hope you had a good one,” your basic reply will be to say something like, “yes, thank you.” However, context and intention will dictate your reply. While this is often a positive conveyance of well-wishing, some people do use it to be subtly rude. If you know this is the case, don’t respond at all.
While the negative version will be extremely rare, you should always respond when someone says it with the intention of being positive. You always want to iterate and annunciate some form of gratitude.
The Meaning of “Hope You Had a Good One”
Most of the time, “hope you had a good one” is someone showing genuine concern for an experience you recently had. This could incorporate a host of goings-on; from something like a concert, vacation, the holidays or even nighttime dreams.
The possibilities are near endless but there are situations where it would be awkward. For instance, inquiring about someone’s experience in the bathroom might be a little strange. Therefore, context will be king. In most cases, though, this will be kind and positive. But there are times when people will say it to be disrespectful.
Evaluate the examples below for both positive and negative conveyances along with possible replies. In the event of a negative conveyance, don’t reply. There’s an old adage that says, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” This is the best policy for these catty instances.
Hey Shelly! I had a great weekend, I hope you had a good one too.
Yes, thank you Bill, it was great.
I hope you had a good one betting at the races!
Thank you for asking, but no; I lost all my money.
You finally returned from your vacation, I hope you had a good one!
Indeed! Going to Santorini, Greece is the best I’ve ever had.
You spent your whole weekend at the city dump, ha! I hope you had a good one.
[No response, just smile and/or stare]
When you know someone has a sincere interest in your experience of something, return the sentiment with a reply of gratitude. Usually, a “thank you” and a brief rundown of your experience will suffice. But, when you know someone’s being disrespectful, don’t reply at all.