Words of the Week: Hogy vagy? - HODGE vodge (how are you?)

The elderly Hungarians I knew, when they weren't being startlingly rude ('Your hair: TAIR-ible.  Don't you vont to look pretty?') were extremely polite.  'How are you?' they'd ask everyone constantly, and we would echo it as we dutifully kissed their wrinkled cheeks.  'Did you sleep well?'

Even today I forget that the latter isn't a normal question.  I ask it all the time, and people look at me strangely.  Perhaps they can tell the effort it is costing me not to add: 'Don't you vont to look pretty?'