One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A formal greeting.
- ‘In Eliza's first venture into polite company, she comes off as an automaton relegated to a handful of standard phrases and topics: the weather, people's health and ‘how do you do?’’
- ‘‘There hasn't even been a preliminary ‘Hey, how do you do?’’
- ‘He used to kick off his act with ‘Hello, playmates, how do you do?’’
- ‘I'm Jen, the captain of the squad, and this is my brother Ryan, how do you do?’
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