We've already discussed the phrase "to death" here at KetchupwiththeFrys.
Today, I'd like to discuss the word "pretty".
"How are you? Pretty good."
"You just came pretty close to cutting off your arm."
You get the idea.
Why don't we use the word "ugly" in the same way?
"How are you? Ugly bad."
"You just came ugly close to cutting off your arm."
It sounds like something people from Boston would say, kind of like "wicked".
But if you said "ugly" instead of "wicked", you would sound less......Bostonish? Bostonian? Evil? Not sure of the right word here.
Anyway...."pretty" is one of my pet peeves. If you say "I'm pretty good.", it sounds like you think you are awesome and cute and makes me want to roll my eyes at you. I say it all the time and I roll my eyes at myself, because pretty and good would not be at the top of the list of words I'd use to describe myself. More like chunky and snarky.
Maybe when people ask how I'm doing, instead of saying "pretty good", I'll say "chunky snarky".