I am, admittedly, not terribly adept at the art of making conversation. I tend to answer rhetorical questions, ask for clarification on things that are apparently intuitive, correct people's grammar, make odd and almost unrelated observations that only I think are interesting, and so on. Let's not forget the killer: I ask "how did you manage to do that?" rather than "how do you feel about that?"
And so that is why I come to all of you today with this question. How am I supposed to reply when someone asks me, by way of greeting, "What's up"? This seems to be a growing fad, and I am unsure of how to deal with it.
Oh, yeah - another pet faux pas of mine is giving people a touch more information than they actually want. So when someone waves and shouts "What's up?", my tendency is to stand blinking momentarily before rattling off a finals-are-about-to-start-the-weather's-nice-and-my-presentation-on-genetics-rocked-but-I'm-kinda-annoyed-with-people-who-blare-music-through-their-ipod-headphones-waaaay-too-loudly.
But then I wonder if the typical answer to "How are you" (ie. the polite "fine") is a better choice. Currently, I'm leaning towards just ignoring the question/greeting and replying "Hi! How are you?" Yet if I asked someone what was up, and they continually ignored the question, I would started to get a little ticked. Whatever happened to sincerity?
Sighhh.... if only everyone thought like me. Actually, scratch that. That would just be scary.
“I can speak French but I cannot understand it.” Mark Twain