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    #1

    "What's the haps?"

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    I suspect that most members and guests are young people.

    And young people often like to talk cool.

    Everyone, even I, knows the greeting "What's up?"

    But I just learned a new greeting that I had never known: What's the haps? (= What's happening?)

    I just thought that some of the young members would like to know this so that they can talk cool with their friends.

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    #2

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Some things shouldn't be encouraged to grow - some things should be actively exterminated.


    Hopefully this expression has the briefest of life spans.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Unfortunately, the phrase has already had a long lifespan. According to the urbandictionary.com site, it first appeared in 1987, 1992, or 2002, depending on the person reporting. It was, "regaining popularity" in 2008. It is safe to say that one would not sound especially hip if he or she used it. I am 56 years old, and it sounded familiar and old, so I took a chance and looked it up. Being new here, I do not know if this site considers the UrbanDictionary site as valid reference, but I find that it is helpful.

    I am not a teacher. I am a native English speaker who has memory lapses in which I cannot remember parts of common phrases and idioms, so I joined so that I may look them up easily.

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    #4

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Welcome to the forum, Nancy.

    We frequently cite the UrbanDictionary when we're dealing with unfamiliar slang terms. The phrase might have reached the UK but I've never heard it. Having said that, I don't tend to hang around with people who use a lot of street slang.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy B View Post
    Being new here,
    Welcome!

    I am a native English speaker who has memory lapses .
    An extra welcome to - sorry, I forgot what I was going to say.
    Last edited by Piscean; 26-Oct-2015 at 22:22. Reason: typo

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    #6

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Happily, I have never heard this expression.

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    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Hey Nance:

    Welcome aboard.

    As far as I know, we are descriptive rather than prescriptive, although you wouldn't know it from the massive senior resistance to this harmless slang phrase.

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    Re: "What's the haps?"

    It has nothing to do with descriptive vs prescriptive. It is a about a silly slang phrase.

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    #9

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The phrase might have reached the UK but I've never heard it.
    I have never come across it either, though I don't spend much time hanging out with the people who might have imported it.

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    #10

    Re: "What's the haps?"

    I step over them sometimes.

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