Tracey, sounds local to me. I am originally from New Orleans, and many New Orleanians still use the phrase "I'm gonna make groceries". This means that they will go to the grocery store and pick up some groceries. Also, people in N.O. will frequently say "How's ya momma and them?" That means "How are you doing and is your family okay?" "how's ya momma and them" is a regional phrase and will not work everywhere, if you know what I mean.
Idus (about and hour from New Orleans, in southern Mississippi)
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From: Tracey Collier
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 5:14 AM
Subject: Not quite a peeve...
But could someone explain to me why some people say "I am good " in reply to the question "How are you"
I am not intersted in wether they are good or bad but in wether they are well or not. I think it may be just a language pattern that Americans use as I have not heard locals use it.