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    What's up?

    Hi,

    What does "What's up?" really mean?

    Somebody says it means that "How are you?" some says "What are you doing?". I am very confused. Can you clarify this please?

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    #2

    Re: What's up?

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Hi,

    What does "What's up?" really mean?

    Somebody says it means that "How are you?" some says "What are you doing?". I am very confused. Can you clarify this please?
    In BrE it means "What's wrong?" or "What is the problem?"

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    #3

    Re: What's up?

    What about in AmE?

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    #4

    Re: What's up?

    As far as I know, in AmE it just means "How are you doing/How are you?" as you suggested. It's a fairly common expression, especially in conversation.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: What's up?

    It's a greeting, basically. It's not a serious inquiry about anything. One would answer with a "not much" or even a "what's up?" in return.

    This is casual/slang, of course.

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    #6

    Re: What's up?

    In AusE, it can mean "What's wrong?"; "What's happening?"; "What's new? (Is there any news?)" - depending, as always, on the context.
    It's not used on its own as a greeting.

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    #7

    Re: What's up?

    I am sure it might have another meaning when it comes to Canadian English.

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    Re: What's up?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    As far as I know, in AmE it just means "How are you doing/How are you?" as you suggested. It's a fairly common expression, especially in conversation.
    And I would add that first, the response, in terms of a greeting, is the same expression i.e. (A) "Hi, what's up?" (B) "What's Up?" and second, most recently among the youth, you will hear in the U.S. a much shorter version as, "Sup?"

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    Re: What's up?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    And I would add that first, the response, in terms of a greeting, is the same expression i.e. (A) "Hi, what's up?" (B) "What's Up?" and second, most recently among the youth, you will hear in the U.S. a much shorter version as, "Sup?"
    Yes, and "Wassup"?

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