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In Ireland when we meet someone, we say "howr ya" or "hows it goin"

  1. tipperary profile image61
    tipperaryposted 8 years ago

    In Ireland when i was younger when you met someone on the street etc you would say "howr ya" whether you knew them or not. When i went to England for the first time i walked down the busy streets saying "howr ya" to everyone that passed. No one answered,  but twas hard to break the habit.  Mad isnt it.

    What do you say when you meet or greet someone?

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    Will Bensonposted 8 years ago

    "Nice to meet you Tipperary" - that's what I'd say in a formal situation. If it's more casual, "Hey, how ya doin?"

  3. tipperary profile image61
    tipperaryposted 8 years ago

    Not too unlike us then.

  4. Niteriter profile image77
    Niteriterposted 8 years ago

    "Howr ya gettin' on?"

  5. prettydarkhorse profile image63
    prettydarkhorseposted 8 years ago

    I always say, morning, or good afternoon, how are you? then i smile while saying that

  6. SheaW profile image59
    SheaWposted 8 years ago

    In small towns in the US people tend to say 'hi' or tip their head or wave, when driving.

    In bigger towns or cities people don't say 'hi' or wave. 

    I like the small town friendliness.  smile

    1. wyanjen profile image81
      wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I find the exact opposite to be true.

      I simply say "hello". It's one of the classics. smile

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    poetlorraineposted 8 years ago

    yeah i noticed that when i moved to Ireland, everyone greets you, as you walk down the street...... not quite so much as when we first moved here 12 years ago.... everyone used to leave their keys in the door also, and still the kids leave all their toys out at night, knowing when they get up they will still be there.  When we go back to England it takes me a few days to remember everyone does not say hiya in the street......

    1. tipperary profile image61
      tipperaryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      yeah your right, everyone saluted everyone whether u knew them or not or liked them or not,  and its true,  we dont do it as often now.

  8. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    I always acknowledge someone I pass or someone standing next to me with a smile or hello. if I catch a child's eye, I always smile. people love to be noticed, young, old and in between. big_smile

    1. shazwellyn profile image56
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I always smile at people.  Where i live they smile back, but if I go to the city, I get glared at!  Strange how people behaviour differently in different settings.x

  9. Ivorwen profile image72
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    "How are you?"
    simply nod
    smile and nod
    In this area, making a comment about the weather is common when you don't know the person, but wish to be friendly.

  10. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 8 years ago

    hows she goin up this end smile

    1. tipperary profile image61
      tipperaryposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      hows she cuttin?

    2. shazwellyn profile image56
      shazwellynposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Im surprised you dont get a slapped face with that one! hehehe

  11. EmpressFelicity profile image73
    EmpressFelicityposted 8 years ago


  12. Marisa Wright profile image100
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    The Aussie greeting is supposedly "G'day" but you won't hear it in the big cities much.

    In Sydney, like most large cities, you'd get a funny look if you greeted everyone on the street!

  13. Alessia Amnesia profile image54
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 8 years ago

    Hi, Good morning, How are you, Hello... Just normal greetings, but only if they greet me first and only if I'm in a good mood.

  14. Shinkicker profile image96
    Shinkickerposted 8 years ago

    In Glasgow we say "Howzitgaun?"

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    I thought for sure it would be wheres the pub!

  16. wychic profile image90
    wychicposted 8 years ago

    I look people in the eye, smile, and nod...sometimes say hi, or good morning if it's applicable. My husband grew up in Detroit, and told me that this behavior could get someone shot in the big city...I'm so glad I live in a tiny little town in a forgotten corner of the US tongue.

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    in canada we say

    hey, eh? big_smile