What's the appropriate response to "How are we?" and what is it actually referring to?
The 'we' in "how are we" is the same 'we' used when a teacher asks a child "Why don't we put down the toy and wash up for lunch?" Dictionary.com:
- you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.): We know that's naughty, don't we? It's time we took our medicine.
"How are we?" Is the question a nurse might ask you when entering the room: "Oh, and how are we doing today?" The proper response is the same response given to "How are you," however truthful or terse you wish to keep said response.