Is it rude to say, "how did you end up here?" to a teacher?
I said it to my English teacher, and then thought, "damn, I don't know if I'm supposed to phrase it that way or not."
So, is it?
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The term end up can have a neutral meaning
However, as shown from most of the examples, it commonly has a slightly pejorative connotation
Because of that connotation, without more context, it may seem rude to many listeners.