What's up

Status
Not open for further replies.

Ju

Key Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2006
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Hong Kong
Current Location
Hong Kong
"What's up?"

It means how's everything, am I right?
Can I say it to my boss?

Thank you.
 

Roman55

Key Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Italy
Current Location
France
It is very informal.


People's relationships with their boss wouldn't usually allow this degree of informality.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
"What's up?"

It means "How's everything?" Am I right?
Can I say it to my boss?

Thank you.

Note my corrections above. As Roman55 indicated, it entirely depends on your relationship with your boss. I would happily use it with my boss but I work in a very informal atmosphere where, with the exception of our individual responsibilities, we treat each other as equals.
 

Skrej

Key Member
Joined
May 11, 2015
Member Type
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
It can be used both ways in AmE, either to inquire about a problem, or ask about what is happening in general.
 

andrewg927

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2017
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
And "What's cooking?"
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
In an Asian work environment, no.
 

andrewg927

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 9, 2017
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Well, I would guess you don't speak English to your boss in Asia.
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
Well, I would guess you don't speak English to your boss in Asia.

I think there are some Asian countries where English is spoken in workplaces to some extent, such as Singapore, India, Malaysia and Philippines,
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top