In grade school, eons ago, I was taught to say "I am fine." Today, most people say, "I am good."

Recently, I received scorn for an old man saying, "I am fine," as it was argued that "fine" would apply to a younger person, likely a female.

Where is consensus on this, and what would an acceptable response be?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Jason Bassford, Michael Harvey, lbf, AmE speaker, tchrist Jan 13 at 1:35

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While "fine" can be used to mean "attractive", it isn't limited to that usage. "I'm fine" is a very standard piece of language as far as I'm aware.

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