how do you do?FORMAL
This is a very formal greeting sometimes used among members of the British upper classes.
- After being introduced to Lord Bumbury, I said, "How do you do, my Lord? Delighted to meet you."
- When I introduced my wife to my British grandfather, he said, "How do you do, young lady?"
WARNING! This can sound very old-fashioned and pretentious, so it's best not to use it in normal situations.
This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Who might say "How do you do?" when greeting one another?
Contributor: Matt Errey