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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
 
Date: 19-Dec-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: 'Cheers' as a synonym for 'Hello'    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (19-Dec-2013)
  2. Re: 'Cheers' as a synonym for 'Hello'    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (19-Dec-2013)

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