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    What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Hi... yesterday.. I said to a friend: "how are you"... and he said: "good, you" ... I said "I am good too" ... and he said: "what's up anyway" ...


    what does "what's up anyway" mean. What should I say him?

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    I dunno the answer.

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    I dunno the answer.

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Idunnoenglish View Post
    "Current Location: Aaland."

    Aaland, hmm. Would that be the Aaland near Adana in Turkey?

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Probably he meant "What has been going on in your life recently" but the "anyway" is not a common thing to say with "what's up."
    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 Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,

    (1) I am 75 years old, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this dialogue, but here goes:

    Tom: How you are?

    Joe: Good. [And] you?

    Tom: I'm good, too.

    Joe: "What's up anyway?" = So tell me, what's been happening to you lately?

    Tom: I've just been hanging. = Just relaxing.

    NOTES:

    (a) If you want to be real (really) cool, you could pronounce "What's up" as 'Sup? ('Sup is a fast and super cool way of saying

    "What is up?")

    (b) And if you want to be super, super cool, you could refer to someone as "dog." The other day I was walking down the street when

    I passed a young man who told me: "Be careful, dog. The sidewalk is dangerous." Since "dog" refers to young people, I was flattered

    in being called a "dog"!

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    "Anyway" is often used as a segue, a topic changer. It's more normal as "Anyway, what's going on?"

    The "anyway" is a way of saying, "well enough about what you just said." Especially if you have the right tone of voice.

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    (b) And if you want to be super, super cool, you could refer to someone as "dog." The other day I was walking down the street when

    I passed a young man who told me: "Be careful, dog. The sidewalk is dangerous." Since "dog" refers to young people, I was flattered

    in being called a "dog"!

    I thought it was written "dawg" if you were aiming for true cool-factor. But then again, at 31 I may no longer be the arbiter of true cool. Sigh.

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    I thought it was written "dawg"

    You are absolutely correct, dude. (I think that "dude" also applies to females.) OK, take care, dawg!

    (Does "dawg" also apply to females? Maybe some cool cat/ kool kat will let us know.)

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    Re: What Does "WHAT'S UP ANYWAY" Mean?

    Dear Parser
    Your posts are really interesting and cool.

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