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10 Funny ways to say "Goodbye" without using the word

Updated on July 13, 2014
Music is a wonderful reminder of people or events.
Music is a wonderful reminder of people or events.

Goodbye is so 'final'.How to avoid the word.

 "Never say goodbye, never say goodbye,You and me and our best friends

hoping it would never end. Never say goodbye""

The rest of that song by Bon Jovi has some beautiful lyrics. They remind me of my younger days when we all thought that life would always be the same. We'd had this bond of friendship -- so strong -- we'd had so much fun for so long, how could it ever change ?

None of us ever did use the word 'goodbye' even when we had to bury one of our close-knit group of friends. I think, that particular loss was too painful to say anything. We were so young.

         We grew older, got married, or moved to a different country or both. I still don't remember any of us using the "G" word. Lots of tears, yes. tears mixed with laughter and sarcasm about eachothers destinations.

"You'll never make it in Holland , Sue.! Who are you trying to kid? They have legal cafes where people smoke 'dope' . You'll end up living in one of them. Ha Ha!. You'll be s.o.r.r.y

Actually Sue met a very nice dutchman and got married. She went on to enjoy living in Holland As far as we can tell she never was lured to any of the 'pot-house cafes' we'd heard so much about...

               Some of the most difficult 'goodbyes' are when the 'bye' is to a lover or a child. One of the most painful for me (yet now we laugh as a family about it)was when my granddaughter was about 4 or 5 years old. I had lived almost 3000 miles away from her since she was a baby, so this was nothing new for her. She was used to being held up high in daddy's arms waving to me and looking forward to next time.  This time, for some reason she burst into tears, really sobbing,just as I was about to go through to the boarding lounge, with my usual cheery , see you again soon. (while in my head plays the tune 'never say goodbye' so that I don't cry)

                       My son, tried to understand what she was saying through the sobbing..."nanny is going,...but.....but ....where's the aeroplane?".. Oh! the poor little love. This was a different airport from our usual one. Normally my sweet, little granddaughter can look through those enormous glass windows. She'd see planes on the tarmac, planes taking off, planes coming in to land, but this time all she could see was a long corridor that I had to walk along seemingly going nowhere.. She may have thought I was about to be abducted by aliens but whatever she was thinking she definitely thought that I was about to walk down an endless corrodor with no airoplane in sight ,....therefore Nanny was about to get lost. Poor love! (since I am notoriously bad at having any sense of direction , my son looked slightly concerned too.) It was hard to leave her crying.

                                  When a love affair or a marriage goes wrong it's almost impossible to say what the best type of 'googbye' is, because we're all different and the number of reasons for break--ups is  multitudinous.. If you can manage it I'd reccommend      "Be happy"... but only the couple involved really know what's best to say if anything.

As for "goodbyes" in general. I have found the following helpful.

1. I wish you well. Be Happy. 

2 Take care. Love you.

3. Silent hugs and/or kisses. (some men can only manage a pat on the back version of this one, especially if they're British)

4. It's been wonderful. I'll laugh about our times together forever.

5. You are the BEST. (wave with a smile)

6. Keep up the good work. You're doing a great job...See ya !

7. THank you  (for the good times) Au revoir..

8.Ta ta !. Cheerio !. Pip Pip ! (totally only for Brits over 50)

9.(My dad's favourite)  Keep your head down !

10. (my brothers' favourite to me anyway)As he carries my case the complete length of the railway platform and opens a carriage door for me, with me protesting I can manage, you don't have to come all the way to the door....." I have to make sure you are gone. Off you go!"

      He loves me really , I know, because he keeps inviting me back. It's just that weird sense of humour of his.

I hate 'goodbyes'. Living on an island I've had to get used to so many of them. Old friends, family, visit us for holidays and vacations,  .When I go back 'home' to the old country there are all those goodbyes again .I can't do it. I have to focus on the next visit. I have to look ahead.

                         I'm continually looking for cheery new ways to say the  "G" word without using the actual word. It seems so final, as if the word  conveys to my mind "I'll never see you again".So if you ever feel as silly as I do about using the "G" word, try one of my top ten favourites.

                            Happy days...............

                                                         

 

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    Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for the comment. , Johnb527. Not sure if l am an expert at anything,but l'm always willing to to try.

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    Johnb527 2 years ago

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Dear oceansider,

    I am so glad you liked this.

    Thank you for reading and commenting.

    I think your mums´I love you .´´ is wonderful.

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    oceansider 5 years ago

    Dim,

    I enjoyed reading your hub about different ways of saying goodbye without actually saying the word. My mom used to sometimes say cheerio, and when my kids leave I usually say to them, "I love you".

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    hello coffeealera

    Thank you so much for leaving comment.-

    I like your way of ´´not´´ saying goodbye too

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    coffeealera 5 years ago

    I always say take care, love you because I mean it. To people I don't know that well, I usually leave out the 'love you' part though!!

    Voted up for you.

    Andy from http://coffeealera.com

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Missing family can be hard, l know. It´s nice to see that you look on the bright side by appreciatng your husband and child.

    Thank you for the comment.

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    Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

    I never like to say "good Bye too". I live far away from my dear ones back home. I have a wonderful husband and child which makes up for missing all my relatives and friends back home. I will definitely try your innovative ideas cause everytime it breaks my heat to say goodbye. Voted Up

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for the comment, Deborah, Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    what a great hub.. I have friends and family members that never say goodbye.. It is usually Later. see you soon and always love you.. Thank you for writing a great HUB..I voted up and awesome..

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for expressing your opinion, shona.

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    shona 5 years ago

    the best way to saygood by is ..by dear ..and take care of yourself..

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Dear Admiral....... Such a lovely comment.

    Thank you very much.

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    Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

    Very thoughtful Idea, =) Thanks for sharing this, there came times in my life before, when I needed these words I just hadn't came at the right page. It was just right here! really great hub Dim! 1 vote up useful and beautiful. =)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for reading, Barbsbitnpieces.

    Sorry to hear that your Dad has passed., but 68 years with your mum. That is so wonderful to hear.

    Take care

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    Barbara Anne Helberg 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

    @Dim Flaxenwick...Nice read on the cultured ways to depart!

    My parents vowed to never say "goodbye" to each other -- and they never did through 68 years of a loving partnership. It was always "see you later", or some variation of that. Now Dad's gone, and Mom hears him calling...

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

    Thank you for the comment.

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    Ashraf Mir 6 years ago from Dhaka

    Keep up the good works. I'll come again and again.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Ha! Ha! Great saying. Stand up wind.

    Thank you for your comment. Yes l´m British.

    We lived on a small island in the Atlantic(off the coast of North Africa) for 20 years, and goodbyes were so regular, l hated the word. Always made me feel l´d never see the person again.

    pleased to met you on hubpages. toodlepip.!

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

    Bless your heart! I will adopt all of your ten ideas in my life with the people I care about! What a really neat hub! I take it you are British? This is cool. I voted this up because of the sentiment and the great writing style! Keep writing and see you soon! oh and by the way. Stay up wind! :-)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    l´m happy that you liked it. Thank you for rating and leaving a comment.

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    OhhBMB 6 years ago

    up and beautiful

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello kirsteno.! Thank you for your comment.

    See you later......

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    kirsteno 6 years ago

    I'm the queen of never saying goodbye. It hurts too much. Thanks for the hub!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for the comment, bulaale.......

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    bulaale ali bulaale 6 years ago

    live is so easy so don't say any body goodbye

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    glad you liked it. Thank you

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    Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

    This was such a pleasure to read, thanks for sharing,... Until the next time,

    MM

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Glad you liked it. pip! pip!

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    glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

    Despite not being a Brit over 50, I am rather fond of using "pip pip" :) Thanks for the Hub!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for taking the tome to read and comment, kethyjewel. Take care.

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    kethyjewel 6 years ago from India

    Very nice hub, Your hub is look like a "POEM". Well, good efforts keep it up.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    l wish you well. Hope you make lots of new friends

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    Ruth MacDougall 6 years ago

    im from an island too, im going to have to say some of these 'good byes' soo, school is almost over.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thnk you XYZ

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    XYZ 6 years ago

    Its good to say Take care and See you later instead of Good bye as its give you a feeling that you are with them and not going anywhere

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for stopping by my hub. l´m happy that you enjoyed it.

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    schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

    I enjoyed how different people say "goodbye"

    it was refreshing

    thx!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    That´s interesting. Thank you.l´m not always sure about putting too much personal information in case it just doesn´t mean anything to anyone else..... You know like..,,,,,,, The Diary of a Nobody !!! Glad you liked it and thanks for commenting

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    SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

    Good hub. I enjoyed reading it and seeing how personal you made it.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    OOOH I´m trying. I´m trying so hard to focus on hellos at the moment.Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. I´ve just had the wits scared out of me from readin some of yours. Cheers!

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    saddlerider1 6 years ago

    Saying goodbye can be very sad. I have said goodbye to many times in my life and many a friendship lost or come to an end with a goodbye. I truly believe that we should never say goodbye. I like the cya around word myself. Life is full of goodbyes, lets focus on HELLOS and lets be friends forever....instead of sad goodbyes:0)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    me too... Thanks for stopping by.

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    PaperNotes 6 years ago

    Ughh! Saying goodbye is also not my forte. I actually hate goodbyes because it often makes me cry.

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    Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    LOL --- that was from Jonathon Livingston Seagull .... great little thought provoking 20 minute read..... I see it does cause thought.

    Later mate!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Sooooooo..... maybe l just have a hangup about the finality of the word ´goodbye´............

    Thanks for reading. l shall continue to try to work out your philosophy. Take care Dim x

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Excuse me Sir, have you been hanging around with the Riddler from Batman films??? It´s taking my brain a while to work this one out. l said goodbye to my mum when l was 10 yrs old, went on holiday with an aunt and when l got back mum was dead. ..

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    Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    if we overcome time, all there is is now. If we overcome space, all there is is here. In the middle of here and now don't you think it is obvious we will meet again?

    Till then keep writing!

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    CarolineVABC 6 years ago from Castaic

    It's my pleasure-pleased to meet you, too, Dim!:-)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for visiting my page. Pleased to meet you on hubpages

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    CarolineVABC 6 years ago from Castaic

    Very insightful hub. There are, indeed, many ways to say "goodbye"...some of them are short-term like to your family when you go to work or taking the kids to school, long-term when you won't see a family member for a while or permanent when someone close to you moves out of the country, an unrepairable relationship or when someone passes away. I enjoyed reading your hub. It is very informative and yet very entertaining. Thanks for sharing!:-)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you dotty. very kind of you to comment in this way. Pleased to meet you on hubpages

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    dotty1 6 years ago from In my world

    Hi there so glad found you fantastic hubs throu really nice coments you left me. Saying goodbye......I cant do it either ....see you later is easier and so true of most things one way or another... love your writing am glued noe for the evening :-) D

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hilarious. Thank you. Toodle-pip!

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    The Loan Arranger 6 years ago

    Abyssinia?

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    l feel the same way,.´goodbye´seems so final .....

    Thank you for reading and commenting....

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    Roxzann F. Gimeno 6 years ago

    uhmm..For me GOOdBYE IS A VERY HURTING WORD!!!because when someone say's that word, it's like he or she would not come back forever and ever!!!and it just hurt so bad....

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Pleased to meet you on hubpages. I also love travelling, but saying ´goodbye´can be a nightmare. Thank you for your comment.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I enjoyed this since I live miles from my children and grandchildren. Thanks for the great ways to say goodbye. I love traveling, but sometimes it is hard to leave new friends and loved ones.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for stopping by, Tony.

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks for this Hub - saying good bye is never easy and there are indeed many ways to say it.

    Love and peace

    Tony

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Living in WALES.!!! Yikes!!! That's where I was born and raised.

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    I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

    I don't like the "g" word... more of a "see ya" or now since living in Wales, it is more "ta" (I like).. nice hub..

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    seasoning 7 years ago

    see you later, that is a good one ...... we never really see any of our cyber friends, but better than saying g.... i suppose, ah well. Safe Home, that is what everyone in Ireland says instead of the G word

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    seasoning 7 years ago

    see you later, that is a good one ...... we never really see any of our cyber friends, but better than saying g.... i suppose, ah well. Safe Home, that is what everyone in Ireland says instead of the G word

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    Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

    Now you've got ME thinking. It's 2 sides of the same coin isn't it?

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    Carolyn Augustine 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

    Brilliant! I loved how personable this hub was, and yet it still shares some useful information. I think it can be good to say goodbye. It means finality and sometimes a sense of closure, too.

    Nowadays with electronic communication, Facebook, etc, saying goodbye is hard to do. It leaves a lot of open-ended relationships that would have otherwise ended in another time. This got me thinking!

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