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

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  1. tipperary profile image60
    tipperaryposted 13 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 13 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 image60
    tipperaryposted 13 years ago

    Not too unlike us then.

  4. Niteriter profile image59
    Niteriterposted 13 years ago

    "Howr ya gettin' on?"

  5. prettydarkhorse profile image57
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

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

  6. SheaW profile image61
    SheaWposted 13 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 image72
      wyanjenposted 13 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 13 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 image60
      tipperaryposted 13 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 image85
    rebekahELLEposted 13 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

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      shazwellynposted 13 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 image69
    Ivorwenposted 13 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 image61
    theirishobserver.posted 13 years ago

    hows she goin up this end smile

    1. tipperary profile image60
      tipperaryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      hows she cuttin?

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      shazwellynposted 13 years agoin reply to this

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

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    EmpressFelicityposted 13 years ago


  12. Marisa Wright profile image90
    Marisa Wrightposted 13 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 image62
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 13 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 image92
    Shinkickerposted 13 years ago

    In Glasgow we say "Howzitgaun?"

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    sneakorocksolidposted 13 years ago

    I thought for sure it would be wheres the pub!

  16. wychic profile image82
    wychicposted 13 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 13 years ago

    in canada we say

    hey, eh? big_smile


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