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interjection; clipping
Commonly used as a salutation similar to “howdy” or “what’s up?” in which a question is posed but an answer is not necessarily expected. Used to greet people in passing and usually when in a rush and is viewed as more cool than a simple “hello” or “how are you.”
 
The phrase or question “what’s up?” is clipped to simply “sup?” and in fact the question mark is removed usually to form “sup!” Sup goes from a question to an interjection. The original phrase “what’s up?” is in itself interesting as the intended meaning of “what’s up?” is not a literal asking of what is above the listener but rather what is going on in that person’s life. There is a comparison of the state of someone’s life to a particular direction, in this case “up.” This is puzzling and it does not seem that any research has been done into this novel analogy or metaphor of sorts. Some people might view “sup” as a clipping of the blend “wassup” coming from “what’s up.” This is also a possibility.
Etymology : Clipped from "what’s up” to “sup.”
Source : “Sup!” – College Student at Rice. Nov 2010
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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