Busy, busy, busy.
Ask someone how they’ve been. When their response is “Busy”, how does that make you feel? “Ugh” about sums it up.
Ask an old friend to get lunch. When their response is “Busy”, how does that make you feel? Zero empathy about sums it up.
Ask your food delivery guy why it took him two hours. When his response is “Busy”, how do you feel? Still hungry and aggravated about sums it up.
Hearing someone has been busy or is busy or was busy might be the truth. But, when do you ever want to hear it?
Adding a “but”, however, on the end of the “Busy” softens the blow. “I’m busy, but good.” “I’m busy this week, but what about next week?” “We were super busy, but went as fast as we could and are really sorry to make you wait.”
Everyone gets busy. But if you must tell someone about it, make it “Busy, but.”