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    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?

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    Its just a euphemism. General purpose, glad to be hear or to see you. Hi, we are here so whats next?

    You can answer with a seeming non sequitur, such as, Great, we are about to get started. Or, glad you could make it.

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    "Hello, come on in."

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    They usually ask me how I am after I have said "Good morning, welcome to the museum", hence the puzzlement about an appropriate reply.

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    "Well, thank you for asking."
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?
    How about: "Fine, thanks. And you?"

    It's really not that difficult, or that weird. Or that American, even. It's a basic courtesy, not a literal request for you to list your complaints or medical history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom;[/FONT
    6731225]How about: "Fine, thanks. And you?"

    It's really not that difficult, or that weird. Or that American, even. It's a basic courtesy, not a literal request for you to list your complaints or medical history.

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    If I were any better, I’d be twins.

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    I've got friends from Europe. So of course I've heard multiple stories about how having the means to travel doesn't automatically mean you have the class to represent well. And it's not just tourists from the U.S. I hear similar stories about travelers from China, Germany, Japan, and various points in S. America.

    Inversely, I've also heard stories about how insular and stubbornly provincial some of the locals are at times. Esp. in Scootlun' <G>
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    So many choices. The standards as mentioned above may require effort on your part but it will get them moving on through the quickest. But since they are a captive audience and you are local color I’d go for the strongest incomprehensible accent for twice the time of an American response with fairly flat affect then point in the direction they need to go providing the cue to move on with a sudden smile and raised eyebrow.

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    We were the only visitors to the maritime museum in Bergen one morning and the guy in charge was so glad to see us (he'd graduated from a university in Chicago 40 years earlier)) he ended up giving us a complete guided tour as a Docent. We did not arrive "breezily" with "Hi! how are you"?

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    For a few years one of my sons would say "Hey, what's up?" as a greeting, and then immediately launch into a monologue without a pause for me to insert a reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Loudon View Post
    For a few years one of my sons would say "Hey, what's up?" as a greeting, and then immediately launch into a monologue without a pause for me to insert a reply.
    One of my sons latched onto "How's it hangin'" for a while. I always responded loudly and enthusiastically, "TUBULAR!!!"
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    The "greeting" that annoys me here in North America is when you pass someone in a hallway and say, "Hello", and their reply is only, "How are ya?"

    It's like a subtle one-up-man-ship thing: some kind of point gets scored.

    They don't politely say hello back; they exude that hail-fellow-well-met phrase as if they care more than you. When of course they don't give a tiniest rat's asterick.

    Several times I have descended to the level of pettiness and responded, "Just _ucking awful", while not breaking stride. But, while temporarily satisfying, that choice is never personal growth...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    The "greeting" that annoys me here in North America is when you pass someone in a hallway and say, "Hello", and their reply is only, "How are ya?"

    It's like a subtle one-up-man-ship thing: some kind of point gets scored.

    They don't politely say hello back; they exude that hail-fellow-well-met phrase as if they care more than you. When of course they don't give a tiniest rat's asterick.

    Several times I have descended to the level of pettiness and responded, "Just _ucking awful", while not breaking stride. But, while temporarily satisfying, that choice is never personal growth...
    Are perhaps just imagining the one upmanship? Or were there other clues? A smirk? A smarmy tone of voice? A half-bow? Perhaps they sounded particularly Canadian?? <G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?
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    A local bird watcher was in Botswana on a birding trip. The greeting there seemed to be versions of, “Hello, how was your sleep?” In the morning and “ How was your morning?” in the afternoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Are perhaps just imagining the one upmanship? Or were there other clues? A smirk? A smarmy tone of voice? A half-bow? Perhaps they sounded particularly Canadian?? <G>
    David, I honestly don't know (although I would actually respect a bow).

    Is this a thing that you experience in the USA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    David, I honestly don't know (although I would actually respect a bow).

    Is this a thing that you experience in the USA?
    Not really. The only thing I can think of, is I used to have a foreman who appreciated how much authority I delegated to him on most things... but whenever I surprised him by insisting on 'my' way on something, he'd look at me, laugh, and say, "You're the shortest human I've ever seen who ducks to go thru 7' doors." That seems like the opposite of smarmy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hadfield View Post
    The "greeting" that annoys me here in North America is when you pass someone in a hallway and say, "Hello", and their reply is only, "How are ya?"

    It's like a subtle one-up-man-ship thing: some kind of point gets scored.

    They don't politely say hello back; they exude that hail-fellow-well-met phrase as if they care more than you. When of course they don't give a tiniest rat's asterick.

    Several times I have descended to the level of pettiness and responded, "Just _ucking awful", while not breaking stride. But, while temporarily satisfying, that choice is never personal growth...
    I have a similar confession. I don't like it when people say 'have a nice day'. As if I'm powerless have a nice day with out their magnanimous pronouncement.

    Petty and cynical, but there it is.

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    Well ……I now have some ideas of how I’d greet you S.O.B’s if I ever meet you!
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    New Yorkers will ask " how ya doin'? They do not expect an answer.
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    "Hoiabootye?" is the Belfast equivalent.

    I've learned that it doesn't require detailed personal medical information in response.

    Myself? A silent nod and momentary eye contact does the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyG View Post
    "Hoiabootye?" is the Belfast equivalent.

    I've learned that it doesn't require detailed personal medical information in response.

    Myself? A silent nod and momentary eye contact does the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?
    This is a standard greeting in China.

    Ni hao ma ?
    How are you ?

    Hen hao, ni ne ?
    Fine, thanks. And yourself ?

    So there's at least another billion people guilty of this outrage

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?
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    Some might dish a bit more info. Like "I'm OK. Today"
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    I've thought about it some, and I don't understand how some folks here don't understand the purpose of the 'social lubricant' that such greetings represent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I've thought about it some, and I don't understand how some folks here don't understand the purpose of the 'social lubricant' that such greetings represent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply. They do not know me, so why are they interested?
    I could list my rheumatism, my hernia, etc, etc, but I doubt they would really want to know.
    So what is the correct reply?
    I can't vouch for Scotland, but in SE Wisconsin. If someone asks. Tell em what you told us .Embellish on your personal history and ailments at will. The reply will be in kind. If I so much a nod kindly to a lady ahead of me at a grocery cashier counter, hernias and spleens are a common ice breaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    On the desk last week, greeting visitors to our museum.
    Americans always come in breezily, with "Hi, how are you".
    I confess I do not know how to reply....

    What would be a typical greeting from a UK visitor?
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    Good morning (or afternoon)
    If it's local people I know, and meet in the street, it usually goes like "How'r ye doin?"
    "I'm good, and you?"
    But never anything other than Hello or Good Morning with strangers.
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    Do you think they become strange when they land in Europe, or were they weird to begin with?
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