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|Subject:||'Cheers' as a synonym for 'Hello'|
In reading Peter Trudgill's ''On Dialect'' I was surprised to come
across an assertion that 'cheers' could be a substitute for
'hello.' As a native speaker of British English (West Sussex) I
have never heard of 'cheers' as a greeting. It has only ever meant
'thanks' or a way to sign off an informal email (but even then
only to replace 'thanks' as well as a toast. I have asked several
people from different regions and ages and they were all equally
Would anyone care to offer an explanation or evidence of
Did Trudgill mention which region or era?
I admit, I am more familiar with the usage you indicated, but dialects can vary. It's also
possible that this regionalism has been absorbed into standard UK usage.
For instance, a lot of Southern US dialects are being replaced by Standard U.S. so that
patterns found a few decades ago may now be rarer, particularly in younger or
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