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    #1

    what's been up?

    Hi all,
    Is "what's been up?" a common way of greeting?

    Thanks

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    Re: what's been up?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) What have you been up to?

    (2) What's up?

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    Re: what's been up?

    'What's up?' appears to be quite commonly used as a greeting among friends and colleagues by the Americans I have worked with. It sounds strange to my (elderly) British ears.

    To me 'What's up?' means 'What is going on/what has been going on?/what's the problem?'

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    Re: what's been up?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'What's up?' appears to be quite commonly used as a greeting among friends and colleagues by the Americans I have worked with. It sounds strange to my (elderly) British ears. Very informal and used, I think, mostly by younger people. I've never used it this way.

    To me 'What's up?' means 'What is going on/what has been going on?/what's the problem?' I hear this, and occasionally use it, in this sense.
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    Re: what's been up?

    It's been parodied in some commercials, as "Waaaazzzzzzuuppp?"

    How do your elderly ear feel about "How's it going?"

    For what it's worth, I see these two expressions as pretty much identical.
    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's been up?

    Perhaps it's another BrE vs AmE difference, but I am now used to hearing "What's up?" to mean "How are you?" or "What's happening in your life?"

    However, if I heard "What's been up?" I would assume that the speaker was talking to someone who had already said that recently they had not been well, or that they had been very unhappy.

    - Hi, how are you?
    - I'm OK, I guess. I've had a bad few months.
    - Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that. What's been up?

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    Re: what's been up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's been parodied in some commercials, as "Waaaazzzzzzuuppp?"

    How do your elderly ear feel about "How's it going?"

    For what it's worth, I see these two expressions as pretty much identical.
    To me "How's it going" is different to "What's up". "What's up" suggests to me "What's wrong/what's the problem?" "How's it going, by contrast, means "How are you/How are things in your life? It's the same in French "Comment ša va?", which is very common, is a direct translation of "How's it going?"

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    #8

    Re: what's been up?

    I wasn't clear in my earlier post. I agree that "What's been up?" requires a situation where it makes sense and a genuine desire to know what has been going on.

    I meant that "What's up?" and 'How's it going?" are more or less the same, and neither really expect an answer.

    I also saw my typo, and didn't mean to imply that 5jj and Van Gogh had anything in common regarding the number of ears they possess.
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    Re: what's been up?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I meant that "What's up?" and 'How's it going?" are more or less the same, and neither really expect an answer.

    I feel the same difference as bhai, and I also feel that both require an answer. I used to be somewhat surprised when Americans would say one of those two to me, and then walk on without waiting for a response.

    I also saw my typo, and didn't mean to imply that 5jj and Van Gogh had anything in common regarding the number of ears they possess.
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    Re: what's been up?

    Happy New Y to you too.
    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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