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Some words are older than you might think

“‘What’s up, then?’ asked Holmes, with a twinkle in his eye.” When my husband came across this line in an 1892 Arthur Conan Doyle story, he couldn’t quite believe it. 

It’s not surprising to hear “What’s up?” or “Sup?” as an informal greeting today,

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