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    What gives

    Is it correct, in order to ask how one's life is, to say "What gives?"

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    Re: What gives

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is it correct, in order to ask how one's life is, to say "What gives?"

    It's heard; logically it's nonsensical but then, many idioms are. I'd say it was very colloquial and possibly more Am Eng than Br Eng.

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    Re: What gives

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    It's heard; logically it's nonsensical but then, many idioms are. I'd say it was very colloquial and possibly more Am Eng than Br Eng.

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    #4

    Re: What gives

    We hear it a lot in AmE, as well as "What´s uo?"

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    Re: What gives

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    We hear it a lot in AmE, as well as "What´s uo?"
    You mean like "Waht's up?"

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    Re: What gives

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    You mean like "Waht's up?"
    No.What´s up?"

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    Re: What gives

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    No.What´s up?"
    What would "uo" stand for here?

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    Re: What gives

    Just a typo. Trust me, I make so many that I'm fluent in them.

    If someone said "What gives?" to me, it would sound as though he or she saw something odd, wrong, or otherwise amiss.

    It's not the same as "What's up?" for me.

    Hey, you haven't answered any of my calls in two days. What gives?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What gives

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Just a typo. Trust me, I make so many that I'm fluent in them.

    If someone said "What gives?" to me, it would sound as though he or she saw something odd, wrong, or otherwise amiss.

    It's not the same as "What's up?" for me.

    Hey, you haven't answered any of my calls in two days. What gives?
    What would have a slight negative meaning?

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    Re: What gives

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    It's heard; logically it's nonsensical but then, many idioms are. I'd say it was very colloquial and possibly more Am Eng than Br Eng.
    Regarding your question, "what does up stand for?," see Tullia´s previous explanation.

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