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Is how's tricks American English? #1 (permalink) Fri Oct 01, 2010 15:59 pm   Is how's tricks American English?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #378 "English Slang Idioms (99)", question 5

"Hey, Bill. I haven't seen you in ages. How's .........?" Rod asked.

(a) tricks
(b) jobs
(c) cash
(d) cars

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #378 "English Slang Idioms (99)", answer 5

"Hey, Bill. I haven't seen you in ages. How's tricks?" Rod asked.

Correct answer: (a) tricks

Your answer was: correct
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Is the phrase how's tricks American English or British English?

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Is how's tricks American English? #2 (permalink) Sat Oct 02, 2010 15:54 pm   Is how's tricks American English?
 

AmE, at least.
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Is how's tricks American English? #3 (permalink) Mon Oct 04, 2010 15:44 pm   Is how's tricks American English?
 

Also Irish English.

TOEIC short conversations: Two journalists discuss the departure of one of their colleagues who leaving for another newspaper.
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Is how's tricks American English? #4 (permalink) Mon Oct 04, 2010 20:38 pm   Is how's tricks American English?
 

Various possible origins, from prostitutes to convicts to farmers... more here http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20010103
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Is how's tricks American English? #5 (permalink) Tue Oct 05, 2010 21:08 pm   Is how's tricks American English?
 

"How's tricks" is either a very old phrase or rarely used in the US, since I've never heard it. To greet someone casually nowadays, you would say "how's things?" or "what's up?"
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