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Old 10-10-2014, 02:02 PM
 
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I'll still say it occasionally, especially if I'm feeling my oats.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:29 AM
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Location: Northern Minnesota
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"How do you do?" is something I taught my son when he was a little boy in the '80s. I should ask him if he uses the phrase as an adult.

I have now introduced my little four year old grandson to the phrase. He chuckles.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Because I feel funny when I say it and never hear it unless it's an old movie or a sitcom taking place prior to 1970, such as I Love Lucy. .........
It was used in "The Last Starfighter" (1984) when "Grig" met Alex's family.......though I think Granny Gordon was the one who used it. TV series wise, I think the last time I heard it was in Dr. Who "The Invasion of Time" when the Doctor met Rodan. That would have been 1978.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Greenbelt, MD
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Replaced long ago with "how are you" or similar.

Never understood this because almost all who ask this don't really give a damn. I never use it and I almost always dodge the question. A simple "hello" is not only more honest but fits better as well.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:20 PM
 
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I never hear people say "How do you do" it sounds kind of childish, reminds me of how a little kid talks.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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Replaced long ago with "how are you" or similar.

Never understood this because almost all who ask this don't really give a damn. I never use it and I almost always dodge the question. A simple "hello" is not only more honest but fits better as well.
I usually mean it when I say "How are you?" or "How's it going?"

It's a pretty common way to open a conversation with someone after not seeing them for a while.

Now if it's a total stranger, then it simply means "nice to meet you" or "nice weather, isn't it" or some such trivial phraseology. It's nicer than just staring rudely at them or avoiding their eyes, which are the other alternatives to saying something meaningless or superficial.

"How are you" is really just the human equivalent of two dogs sniffing each other's behinds.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Use it all the time at work.
My older patients in particular like it and speak in a similar fashion.
No one else seems to mind and responds in kind.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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I remember being taught to say "How do you do?" as a small child. But the last person I remember hearing using it was my father's aunt who died in 2001 in her early 90s. I think these days saying "Nice to meet you" is more commonly used.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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I just heard this expression last night. I watching an episode of Boardwalk Empire, which takes place in the 1920s.
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Endless Concert
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Only will use when meeting someone older that is accustomed to this greeting.

Then I'm concerned they'll say, What's up or I'm feelin groovy ! or the worst would be if they replied Do people still say, How do you do ?

The times I've greeted older people with this it's been appreciated.
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