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    what's up

    is 'what's up?' a shortened form of 'what have you been up to?'

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    Я изучаю английский язык и поэтому делаю много ошибок. Но я не прошу Вас исправлять их, Вы можете просто ткнуть меня носом в них, или, точнее, пихнуть их мне в глаза. I'm studying English, and that's why I make a lot of mistakes. But I do not ask you to correct them, you may just stick my nose into them or more exactly stick them into my eyes.
    Всё, что не делается, не всегда делается к лучшему
    Но так же не всегда всё, что не делается, не делается не к худшему. : D

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    I know what that means, i am wondering about the etymology.

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    It originates as a greeting in the USA I think. I first heard it on an American tv show or film I think ( it was a long time ago when I first heard it ). The 'up' part means 'happening' or 'going on' as part of this greeting. In England we don't say 'what's up' as a greeting since 'what's up' means 'what's wrong?'.

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    yeah, definitely... )) i spent half a year in Britain, never heard it there))) SRobson, your post made me look 'be up' in the dictionary, now I think these two expressions I was asking about are unrelated. 'What's up' looks like just 'what has happened', 'what's wrong'....

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    "What's up" is usually a greeting in the states, a very informal one, but can also mean "what's wrong," with specific intonations.

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    что вверх?

    I say that to the Russian 'kids' at work. It confuses them as they are usually taught UK English, not the Americanized version.

    General greeting.
    I haven't seen (heard from) you in a while. What have you been doing?

    What are you doing right now?

    What is your current state of mind? (What's up with you?) Detected a heightened emotion.
    I'm easily amused late at night...

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    now it's just... 'sup



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    another wassup

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    so no relation to  'what have you been up to?'  ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsms View Post
    so no relation to  'what have you been up to?'  ??
    what's up - как делишки

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