when someone asks you "what's up?" what do you say
Question Posted Friday August 17 2007, 10:12 pm
okay, about a month ago a guy i liked asked me "whats up" and i was like "nothing" and then i said "whats up" and he said "nothing" LOL. its funny looking back now but back then it was sooo awkward.
do you say "nothing" or do you launch into a full account of what you've done all week? im confuseedd. btw this applies to people you're not total strangers with BUT don't really know well enough to give a full account of everything that's happened in the day.
honestly, i think there should be an unspoken social rule that acquaintances dont say "whats up" to each other. =[
I never know what to say. I know exactly what you mean! It's just another formality like, "How are you?" I hate those kinds of questions because usually I'm just spacing out and suddenly someone asks me some question that's like open-ended and my mind goes blank.
That's so cute the guy you liked asked you what was up. He should have asked you about your day or something to break the ice better.
"What's up?" is kind of hard to answer to, especially if you don't have something new and exciting to tell someone yet. I think you should just bring something random up and just launch into a conversation with him. He's your crush, right? :) You can give semi-strangers/aquantinces some key points of your day. Anything funny that happened. It's okay to tell people things because they can get to know you better and in return they will tell you things too. [ hotpotato's advice column | Ask hotpotato A Question ]
MAK answered Saturday August 18 2007, 11:11 am: Well, usually if someone asks me that question, I just say one exciting thing that happened, is happening, or will happen to me. It's a great conversation starter. For example:
"Well... prom's tonight!"
*Smile and nod*
"So how are you doing?" (Or reflect the same question back at them; "So what's up with you?", and they will probably answer in the same way you did, another topic starter.)
SilentOne answered Saturday August 18 2007, 7:07 am: Hey,
What's up? :P
It's just a little bit more interested version of "hello" in Australia. Might be slightly different in the US..
Just use it as an excuse to make conversation. You don't actually need anything to talk about if nothing interesting has been happening, just make something up, or say something strange, such as "Well, I had () for breakfast".
My personal stock response is to perform a dramatic examination of the ceiling/sky, and comment, "Gee, look at all the flaking paint"/"Oh my you're right, it IS going to rain", but that's only because I detest the question being used as a greeting, and it's the best, most boring way I could think of to deter people from asking again :)
If you want the person who asks "what's up?" to invite you to do something, you can always say "I don't know, I'm bored", or something similar.
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