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The lamest rhetorical question in the English language. Requires the answer of 'Fine' no matter how you feel or why you are going to have a conversation. An exercise for the lips and tongue.
I was dying of cancer and had to see my doctor. He asked me, "How are you?"
by Stephan Smolka January 17, 2009
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Oft used as a do-not-bother-replying greeting, "how are you" represents the impersonalization of modern society stretched to an extent never witnessed before. It is however still okay to use it as long as you genuinely care.
Person A: Hi, how are you?
Person B: How are you?
(Conversation over)

Person A: Hi, how are you?
Person B: Like you care.
by Jonathan Archer January 01, 2006
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to ask your friend how he feels today, if there is anything you can do or say, how his voice is today and how much pressure he puts into a handshake. how his sleep is and what he eats.
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by Mai Lin May 19, 2019
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