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|Subject:||'Cheers' as a synonym for 'Hello'|
|Question:||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 surprised. Would anyone care to offer an explanation or evidence of Trudgill's statement?|
|Reply:||Seems to me that Trudgill made a mistake, or the copy-editor or publisher did. As a native speaker of American English who is by genealogy as well as sympathy an 'anglophone', I've neither heard nor used "cheers" in any context other than as a closing sign-off. (this would be where I would have written "cheers" save for the oddity of the topic.|
|Reply From:||Harry A. Whitaker click here to access email|