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?
"Nice to meet you Tipperary" - that's what I'd say in a formal situation. If it's more casual, "Hey, how ya doin?"
I always say, morning, or good afternoon, how are you? then i smile while saying that
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.
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......
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.
"How are you?"
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.
hows she goin up this end
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!
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.
In Glasgow we say "Howzitgaun?"
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 .
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