The pleasure's all mine: In re your last post: I frequently say "Good to see you" when meeting someone for what I believe is the first time. I do it to guard against the possibility that we've met before and I've forgotten. I suspect that people like journalists and lobbyists, who meet lots of people and would prefer not to offend them, often make a practice of it. It seems to have become more common recently for who-knows-what social-epidemic tipping-point power-law Gladwellesque reason. I'm pretty sure that, sometime in the last few months, I saw an advice columnist advocate exactly this move, although I can't remember who the columnist was and thus can't find it on Google. If I'm right, there's no rebuke implied -- just a kind of reflexive ass-covering.