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25 of the Best Responses When Someone Says What’s Up

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25 of the Best Responses When Someone Says What’s Up

“What’s up” is a phrase used by people all around the world who speak English. “What’s up” is a greeting, a question, and a show of mutual respect or understanding. 
Knowing how to respond to what’s up all depends on the situation or setting.

Knowing how to respond also depends on the person who said it and whether it is a friend, stranger, or coworker. Are you confused?

Well, here are 25 responses that will make you a pro at how to respond to what’s up:


Ways how to respond to what’s up when it is said by a friend

When your friend asks you “what’s up,” your response can be funny or sarcastic because you are well-acquainted with the speaker.
These are nine ways of how to respond to what’s up when it is asked by a friend:

01“My blood pressure!”
This way is best used if you are getting up there when it comes to your age. You can use this when you have to contend with things like high blood pressure on a daily basis. You’re making light of your situation, and you’re even bringing attention to your medical issue.
This can be used if you don’t have high blood pressure as well because it can mean that you are going through a stressful situation.
When you say something like this, your friend will be inclined to ask what you mean, which is likely going to start a conversation.


02“Not a thing but a chicken wing!”
This is popular phrase that could be heard on TV shows a few decades ago. It is used by characters who are trying to be funny on TV. Sure, it makes no sense, but hey, it rhymes! That’s what will make it super funny to the person who hears it.


03“Same old, same old”
This is a good thing to say if you aren’t up to anything new or if nothing special has happened since the last time you saw your friend. It is also good to use if you had a problem, and the friend is trying to get an update even though nothing has changed.


04“My rent”
This is a funny response, especially when your rent has actually gone up. It’s fun to use this phrase with someone who you’ve known for a long time and who will understand that it’s a joke. It can also spark a discussion.


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05“That’s for me to know and for you to find out”
This can be used in two ways. The first way is as a joke, and the other way is used when you are being sarcastic and aren’t in the mood to do much talking with anyone.


06*Shrug* “You know…”
This is a good response to a friend because he/she will likely know exactly what you mean. It’s also a way to say “nothing much.”


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07“Ah, can’t complain”
If you don’t have anything good or new to tell your friend, you can use this response. It says to your friend that things are pretty neutral at the moment, and you’re not bothered by the way things are.


08“Everything that’s supposed to be”
This response is simple and straightforward. It means that you aren’t really in the mood for a conversation, but things are okay with you. It can also be perceived as a joke, meaning the sky is up, the ceiling is up, the stars are up, and so forth.


09“I’m screwed, today I found out…”
If this is a good friend, then he/she has probably asked what’s up to find out how you’ve been or because you look worried or unwell. You can use this response to start explaining what’s happening in your life or what is wrong at that moment.


Ways how to respond to what’s up when it is asked by a coworker

When it’s a coworker who has asked “what’s up,” you’ll have to tread lightly if you don’t have a close relationship with him/her. If this is your friend, your responses can be more relaxed, fun, and/or sarcastic.
These are eight ways on how to respond to what’s up when it is said by a coworker:

10“Sure, it isn’t my salary”
This is a funny response, especially when you both work at a low-paying or minimum-wage job. It is also good to use if you didn’t get that promotion that you wanted and feel like making light of it.


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11“I’m busy with this proposal, let’s talk later”
If a coworker asks you “what’s up,” but you don’t really feel like talking, then this is a good way to get out of it without being rude. It is a good way to answer because it makes sense, and you’re at work to do your job. You will give the impression that you are not there to make conversation.


12“I’m hanging in there, been a busy week”
This is a good answer to use with a coworker who you aren’t very close with, but you want to give a polite, not too formal answer. It’s a good way of saying, ‘I hate it here’ without actually saying those specific words.


13“Counting the hours till the weekend”
The best day of the week for working adults is Friday, and this is because it’s when they can look forward to the weekend of rest and whatever else is on the agenda. This type of response says exactly that.
You can use a depressed tone if you want to emphasize that you really want to get off work, or you can use a more upbeat and cheerful tone to show that you have something specific to look forward to. This may spark a conversation as well.


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14“All kinds of stuff, did you hear about my promotion?”
This is good to use when things are going great for you at work. You want to note that the purpose of this response isn’t to show off, but it’s simply to share your good news with a close coworker.


15“Nothing much, what’s up with you?”
This is one of the most common responses to “what’s up,” and it is generally almost a reflex. It is simple, and you’re being polite by asking the same question in return, especially when this coworker is not someone you are close to. It is just a way of having small talk.


16“Me, since 5a.m. I’m pretty tired man”
This is a way to say that you are tired and have been up for a while. It is good to use at work because it can help you start a conversation that will pass the time until it is the end of the workday.


17“Nothing special”
You can use this response with a coworker who you don’t like very much, but you still have to be nice to him/her. You most likely don’t want to make things awkward or have to get called in by HR.
This answer shows respect, but it also shows that you don’t want to have a conversation because you didn’t ask the same question in return.


Ways how to respond to what’s up when it is said by a stranger

When a stranger says “what’s up,” the way you respond will indicate whether you’re up for a conversation or not with this stranger. The way you respond will also depend on the scenario.
Have a look at these eight ways of how to respond to what’s up when it is said by a stranger:

18“The cost of everything I need to buy apparently”
This is a good response when a stranger says “what’s up” when you’re in a supermarket, clothing store, or anywhere else goods are sold to customers.
This is a snarky way to take a jab at the store and get a chuckle out of another customer who probably has similar thoughts.


19“The ceiling”
This sarcastic answer is sure to get a chuckle out of anyone, especially because it is cheesy. You can say these exact words, or you can start looking up until the person starts looking up too.
This is a great way to start a conversation with the cute cashier or handsome guy in the checkout line that you’ve had your eye on.


20“What’s it to you?”
This can come off as rude but rightly so. You can use this answer when a creepy stranger tries to talk to you, or you can use it when someone annoying is trying to get your attention. This way, he/she will stop bothering you.


21“We’re going to find out soon enough”
If you’re somewhere waiting with another person, say in a lobby or line to get help, you can use this answer as a way to say you’re unsure and that you’re waiting to see how your meeting or consultation goes.


22“Gas prices”
This is also a classic answer, and it’s best used at a gas station because the prices can fluctuate. It is a good way to start a conversation with a stranger to pass the time.


23“Definitely not your fly”
The “fly” in this case means a person’s zipper on his/her jeans or pants. You can say this to a guy who’s trying to hit on you as a way to get him off your back because he’ll likely be embarrassed by his fly being down.
You can also use this as a joke. When he/she looks down at his/her zipper, you can say, “made you look” to make it funny.


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24“The opposite of down”
This is another funny response since up really is the opposite of down. The stranger may be confused at first, but when he/she finally gets it, you will both start laughing.


25“I’m sorry, that’s confidential information. If I told you, I’d have to kill you”
This is a joke that you can use when flirting with a stranger. It is good because it makes you seem mysterious, and it shows that you have a good sense of humor.



How can you ever run out of ways of how to respond to “what’s up” with such a long list? That’s a thing of the past!
With these ways on how to respond to what’s up, you’ll never have an awkward conversation again or go blank when a stranger says this to you.

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