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Old October 31, 2011, 05:45 PM
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Como Santa Elena, cada día más buena

Being expressed in the feminine gender, would this humorous reply to ¿Cómo estás? be appropriate for a male to use? And if not, is there a similar one that rhymes and also ends in -o?
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Old October 31, 2011, 06:00 PM
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It's a humorous reply, but it's not very elegant.

And no, it's not suitable for a man, as it wouldn't even rhyme. But culturally, at least in Mexico, men are not supposed to praise their own looks. (That's assumed as a female characteristic.)
A man who would like to use an unserious reply might say "¿Cómo me ves?" and make a gesture of "admire me".

Perhaps he can say something like "Yo, como los buenos vinos (mejorando con los años)".

Also, among men it's common to answer to "¿cómo estás?": "(Pues) aquí, como el tío Lolo (haciéndome el tonto solo)."
"Tonto" can be substituted for a bad word, but not necessarily.

I'll ask around for more alternatives... one can always count on creativity.
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Quite true....unless the man saying it is an extravagant gay. Then I guess he can say whatever he wants.

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Quite true....unless the man saying it is an extravagant gay. Then I guess he can say whatever he wants.

I think flamboyant is a better word choice than extravagant.
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