Would you take offense to this? If someone asked you that question when you clearly weren't?
1-You cut yourself with a knife and you're bleeding a lot.
2-You fell down some stairs and you appear injured.
3- You're moaning in pain and agony and a concerned person asks you this.
Etc... countless examples remain...
Do you ever feel their anger is justified? Why ask me if I'm okay when I'm clearly not ! What a stupid question !!!
Shouldn't there be some other phrase that shows you are concerned? How can I be okay?
I'm asking this because I've seen some people get angered when asked this question.
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While it's the incorrect wording, 'are you okay' in these situations really means 'do you need or want help?'
It gives people the opportunity, if they are more embarrassed then anything else, to say they are 'fine', which means, 'lets not discuss it any more and forget about it'. So in that sense, it's being polite, giving them that option.2