Sunday, May 27, 2012

Regional Greetings

A  L  O  H   A ! 
Ahalan , Nei Ho Dobrý den / Ahoj,  Goddag, oede dag, Hallo, Saluton, Hei, Bonjour Guten Tag, Gia'sou, Shalom, Namaste, Jó napot, Góðan daginn, Aksunai / Qanuipit? Dia dhuit, Salve / Ciao, Kon-nichiwa,  An-nyong Ha-se-yo, Salve / Salvëte, Ni hao, Dzien' dobry, Olá ! Bunã ziua,
Zdravstvuyte, Jambo / Hujambo, Hej, Sa-wat-dee
Merhaba / Selam, Vitayu, Xin chào Hylo; 

Sut Mae? Sholem Aleychem
" How glorious a greeting
 the sun gives the mountains!  "

John Muir

 “Care more for the individual patient
 than for the special features of the disease. . . . 
Put yourself in his place . . . 
The kindly word, the cheerful greeting, 
the sympathetic look -- 
these the patient understands.”

 William Osler

" Don't
 tell your friends
 about your indigestion. 
' How are you '
is a greeting, 
not a question.  "

Arthur Guiterman

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" Parting
 is such a sweet sorrow 
that I shall say
till it be morrow. "


Nobody says "Hello."
Back in New York,
it was "How ya doin`?"
Which is nice for me
because in Hawaii
it is informally common to say:
(How is it?)
or "Howzit, Brah?"
(Brother, Sistah, Auntie, Uncle)

Easy to guess my vintage
(I'm done fooling myself,
about that at least)
because I call everyone
like a beatnik from the 
early Sixties.

"Dude" seems too much
like "trying."

"Aloha" is always nice,
and always acceptable
anywhere in Hawaii,
but one seems to hear it
less and less.
Like it's mostly for the visitors
to feel like they
someplace different.

Native Hawaiians 
say Aloha to
one another.

or the nod,
or especially
the eye-contact
All popular
with me.

Aloha kakahiaka     Good morning
Aloha awakea     Good mid-day (10 am - 2 pm)
Aloha `auinala     Good late afternoon (after mid-day)
Aloha ahiahi     Good evening (around sunset)
Aloha auinapo     Good late night (after midnight)
Aloha po     Good night
Aloha ahiahi ia oukou     Good evening to all of you (plural)


So what is the greeting
where YOU

Tell us in 'comments'

                      Warmly, cloudia