how do you do....

@raclie (1732)
Singapore
August 20, 2008 8:52am CST
well, the correct answer to this question is "how do you do?" so in a sense, it is like... A: how do you do? B:how do you do? *shake hands* and well... i find that phrase of greeting people rather silly... i mean... in a sense, you are asking how is someone, but just have a enquire back, without having the conversation being too personal... i mean, it just shouts a signal, i am just how are you to be polite and i really, really dont want to know how are you as a person... so lets just carry on our business... is it just me? or do you hate that phrase too?
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
22 Aug 08
It is not a phrase that I use myself or have really seen used at all anymore to be honest. I find it more common for someone to state "How are you?" or "Pleased to meet you!" rather than this phrase. Personally I use the two examples above. "How do you do?"..... How do I do WHAT??? lol.
@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
22 Aug 08
i know!!! my thoughts exacaly!!! out of the 17 years i have been alive, i have heard it only...once... that is how uncommon it is!!! lol.. thanks for responding
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@richiem (3646)
• Philippines
22 Aug 08
Funny! I don't think we use it here. We are always told of "Hi, Hello, Fine, thank you, Goodbye" routine when we were in primary school. I don't think it makes sense. I think if I would use it, I would say in reply "fine, how do you do?" Have a nice day!
@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
22 Aug 08
lol... same!!! that is what i did!!! have a nice day!!!
20 Aug 08
It's really a rather old phrase, that I don't believe is used much, if at all, in the UK (which is where it originated from). It's been adapted over the years, so that a more common question is 'how are you doing?' or 'how are you?'. The answer would usually involve 'fine, and you?' or 'well, how about you?'. It's really more of a parody now, used in comedy to signify the speaker's age, and usual fastidiousness.
@raclie (1732)
• Singapore
21 Aug 08
wow... that was really interesting!!! thank you so much for explaining that to me!!! hmmm... comedy huh? ok, will look out for it!!!! thanks again!!!