A : How did the math test go?
B : it was easy as pie. I’ll get an A plus on it.
Why does the above conversion use “go”?
What does that mean?
It’s just an idiomatic or colloquial way of saying “How was the test?” much like saying “He ODed ” or “He kicked the bucket” for “He died” or “He downed a large Italian sausage sandwich … ” for “he quickly ate a large Italian sausage sanwich…”
All languages have constructions like these. In fact, Irish and Scottish Gaelic even surpass English in the number of idiomatic phrases like these. That is partly why they are such difficult languages to learn.
Most people say “how was your test” or how was your math test
I guess it depends on where you live. You know different parts of the country say things differently and uses different phrases.
*Thinks about it*
I don’t recall any reference in which it was used amongst the peasantry of the middle ages, nor the industrial slaves of the victorian era, this is something of an enigma to me.
I suspect it is quite recent, 20th century most certainly.
Most likely it’s American in origin.
Other than that i haven’t a clue, i’m afraid.
Improper use of the english language?