Owner, Gateway Graphix
"'What's up?' or 'Wuzzup?' It means 'How're things goin'? What's the status? The ETA? How we doin'?' Just plain and simple: Wuzzup? It's part of the basic language of shop talk."
Pediatric Intern, St. Mary's Hospital
"'Where'd you go to high school?' I hate that! It's a stupid question -- who cares? I just don't think it matters. I tell people I'm not from here; it's a conversation-ender."
Plasterer, Clayton Plastering
"'How's it hanging?' You hear that a lot, usually from some guys yelling down from a scaffolding: 'Hey, Elvis, how's it hanging?' And I'm thinking, 'How's what hangin'? Is my tool belt off-center because of the weight of my screw gun? Is it my personal parts, or what?' So, is that a colloq ... colloqui ... what he said?"
Judith A. Watson-Finney
Dental Assistant, St. Louis University Dental Services
"I don't get around that much, but what I hear the most is 'Go Cards' or 'How 'bout them Cards?' or 'The Cards are No. 1' -- and they are the greatest, even if they're in the cellar."
"'Where you stayin?' When two people haven't seen each other anywhere from a week to a year, it's always 'Hey, where you stayin?' I guess if people didn't move around so much, we wouldn't have changed the verb from 'live' to 'stay.'"
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