Does it really “sound good”?

I say it all the time. “Sounds good!” But I don’t think about what the saying means. What if it doesn’t sound good? What if it ends up being horrible? Do I say “sounds good” to appease who I’m talking to, or am I saying it because the situation does sound good?

I’ve said it to my boss, my best friends, and my family. And almost every time, I feel like I’m skirting around saying something else. Maybe it’s how I feel? Or just to end the conversation. I’m not sure.

Would you ever say “sounds bad?” You might if your friend’s describing a horrific car accident or you broke your leg skiing. But, what would someone’s reaction be if you told them something sounded bad?

And you could take it in the other direction – “sounds awesome!” Is that better than sounds good? If something sounds like something else, you are perceiving it to be a good, bad, or fun event. So, if your boss said “Let’s catch up. We’ll chat in five minutes?” you would say, “sounds good” perceiving what’s going to happen when you talk to your boss as positive. When, in reality, you could get asked to pack up your stuff and leave. You’re fired. Man, should have said “sounds bad”, huh?

There are so many nuances in the English language. “Sounds good” has been on my mind for a while now. What do you think? Do we say “sounds good” so nonchalantly now that it doesn’t require an over-analysis? Let me know.

Sound good?


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Michael Adams is a 26-year old entrepreneur living in Vermont. He writes about personal improvement, marketing, bootstrapping his startup, and life's general observations. Learn more about him.


  1. “Sounds good” is definitely one of my favorite catch phrases. I agree that it’s often overused, but it’s precisely phrases like this that teach you about another person. For example, a person that generally says “sounds good” may be more of an auditory learner so when you communicate ideas with that person it’s important to be cognizant of their strengths.

    • Hi Santosh,

      You make a great point – thanks for leaving your comment.

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