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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

Would anyone care to offer an explanation or evidence of
Trudgill's statement?

Reply: 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
urbanized speakers.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 19-Dec-2013
Other Replies:
  1. Re: 'Cheers' as a synonym for 'Hello'    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (19-Dec-2013)
  2. Re: 'Cheers' as a synonym for 'Hello'    Harry A. Whitaker     (19-Dec-2013)

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