Greeting - How are you keeping?

Pidginboy

Senior Member
India-Local dialect
How are you keeping?

Is the above equivalent to "How do you do?"
I think it is an enquiry about health of the other who has the history of bad health?
 
  • BODYholic

    Senior Member
    Chinese Cantonese
    I think it should be "How are you keeping up (with life, for example)?".

    Alternatively, you may also say, 'How are you coping (with your ...)?'.

    () denotes optional if the context is clear.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    How are you keeping?

    Is the above equivalent to "How do you do?"
    I think it is an enquiry about health of the other who has the history of bad health?
    This is another in the family of How are you, How do you do, and so on :)

    This version, as you suggest, would be used if the other person has some history of ill-health.
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    In some rustic American English, this is an exact equivalent to "How are you?"
    There is no suggestion of prior health problems.

    I think this may be derived from Scottish English, but that is outside my range of knowledge, so wait for someone from Scotland to confirm or deny.
     

    Chaska Ñawi

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    In some rustic American English, this is an exact equivalent to "How are you?"
    There is no suggestion of prior health problems.

    I think this may be derived from Scottish English, but that is outside my range of knowledge, so wait for someone from Scotland to confirm or deny.
    Ditto in rural Canada, but I haven't heard it since the seventies, and then only in my grandparents' generation.
     
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