With what words are your greeting others with besides "Hello"?
I'm a 50 year old woman and some of my son's friends greet by saying, "What's up dude?
Well, I never say," What's up,dude," but do say," Greetings." It's a thing a few friends say, we've known each other since school days, and that's a long time. Maybe we're trying to recapture our youth.
and sometimes when I answer the phone, I will do so by saying:
Talk to me
I love you, you're awesome, what's up? (this one is super fun)
I like to mix things up a bit & catch people off guard with something out of the "norm". I find it to be engaging & gets them more attentive and alert to the conversation that follows.
How YOU doing?
It all depends on who the person is and my level of medications.
I say "hey", "Hi" "How are you doing?" Never said "What's up?"
It very much depends on WHO I'm greeting, what our relationship is and probably, to be honest, in what direction my mood is headed at the moment.
With good friends, I am usually all smiles and give a hug and say, "Where have you been?"......With elderly people, I may say something a bit formal..."Hello, Mrs. Johnson, it's good to see you today." My 4 sons? I greet them as differently as their individual personalities are: My eldest....."Hi, Honey, how's my perfect #1 son?"....Son # 2......."Hey, Hi there, where's your wife and my grandchildren?" Son # 3....."Oh hi honey....let me hug you!" #4..."Yo! What's goin on in your world today?" That's probably enough disclosure on my GREETINGS....yes? LOL!
As so many others here have said, "It depends."
I may well say, "Whazzup, dude?" or "YO!" to my teenage grandsons (15 and 19 years of age), and I might say, "Whazzup?" or "Whatcha doin'?" to my daughters.
For my grand-daughters (ages 10 and 4) "Hi, Sweetie" is more likely.
If the phone has been ringing off the hook, I might well answer with, "Grand Central, go ahead!" Or, if caller ID shows one of my kids, "It's your nickel...." Otherwise, the standard, "Hello?" will do.
On HP commenters, if they are a new commenter, "Hello, (user name)," or, if they've commented on several of my hubs, "Hi, (user name--or shortened version)," or "Hello again,..." or "Hi, there..."
Like I said, I match my language and usage to the audience...including the use of vernacular slang with the appropriate audience. I am equally capable of language befitting a conversation with the President or the Queen, or with a crowd of rowdy sailors or stagehands, noted for their 'salty' language....
In other words, I can fit in anywhere! ;-)
Here in Hawaii, we say, "Aloha" (which also means "Bye" and plutonic "Love"). Locals that speak "pidgin" say "howzit?" to mean "how is it going?"
I always say 'Hiya, y'alright?'. Sometimes people reply 'Yeah, you?' but I did once get caught out when a friend of my sister replied "No, not really...." and then went on to keep me at her side for the next twenty minutes telling me about her 'battle' with hemmoroids.
I still say 'Hiya, y'alright.' but I walk a bit faster as I say it.
How are you, Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, hi beautiful, hi handsome, hi people, hi there, whooaaa!!!, ooiissssttt....and hello my loviedovie for my toddler and little nieces:
Though it depends on the person I'm greeting, I used to make greetings fun, all time time. I find it better and smile-provoking. Maybe those like "What's up dude" are greetings resulting from the very outgoing, rushing and "mind-you-own-business" way of thinking most people have today, that oftentimes lose the art of sweetness and who they're greeting. In my opinion.
I simply cannot forget the way "Tony" (name changed lest he reads this and remembers what he did in the past and wants to resume his style [in case he's forgotten]) used to greet his friends (which unfortunately included me!) His way of saying hello is with a hard punch to the stomach or a controlled one to the solar plexus.
When I say "controlled" I mean he makes a quick assessment of the health condition of his would be colloquial and deals the blow! None of us would dare to respond lest he responds to our response with more fervor! He was, naturally bigger than all of us!
Quite apart from "Tony," there are many more interesting ways of greeting friends which started in childhood and still is used by many of our friends. One such method of greeting has been to sneak up from behind, press the lips together and release a burst of air! This sounds like a ... you know what!
Often this way of greeting is used when we come across a friend in the company of some celebrity or an attractive female! This really works! ... Well ... I should write a hub about all these! Thanks for giving me the idea! Cheers, and good luck!
Good Day/Morning/Afternoon/Evening/...Beautiful day...Hi..comment on the weather. sometimes I will comment on an item they are wearing..
It depends a lot on the situation....
I feel you should take into consideration the age of whom you are speaking to and their position ( professional)..Dr... Clergy...etc...
I am a gregarious person so I usually speak to everyone...some answer back, some crawl in their shell...great question..looking forward to all the responses..
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