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A catchier way to say "Nice Meeting You" / "Let's get together again"?

Looking for words or short phrases that represent the idea that it was "Nice Meeting You" or "we will see each other again" or maybe "let's hang out again sometime soon." The best I've got so far is "Ciao," which may be perfect - it means hello and goodbye, and it's kind of informal. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Jun 20, 2014 - 32 answers

AskMezza

What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

My name, please make a note of it.

I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 18, 2012 - 34 answers

Lithuanian names, spellings and family names

I'm an Englishman married to a Lithuanian - so we have 2 different, though similar, alphabets between us - how can we orthographically regularise our surnames? Alternative spellings? Double-barrelled names? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Mar 4, 2011 - 16 answers

Need some name ideas of African origin

I need some African name suggestions. [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet on May 30, 2010 - 17 answers

Hebrew for "Irene"?

Language/Hebrew Baby Name Help -- What would be a good Hebrew name for a girl to honor a deceased relative named Irene? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Mar 10, 2010 - 18 answers

"Twin" Translation

I am looking for translations for the words "twin" and "sister". I have used babelfish and other sites but really want the pronunciation not just foreign writings I can't decipher. Also, translations in other languages not listed such as different Native American tribal translations. Help?!
posted by madmamasmith on Oct 14, 2009 - 24 answers

How do you pronounce Charles Wuorinen?

How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
posted by mediareport on Jul 16, 2009 - 8 answers

What is the falafel guy's name?

I need some help deciphering (what I assume) is an Arabic name. [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred on Apr 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Different names for the same place across languages

Why do cities and countries have such vastly different names in different languages? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Nov 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Can I pick my own nickname?

Unusual name filter: My first name is Irish and hard to spell and understand for most people. I have never had a nickname except for a juvenile one and various people making up a pronunciation of my name. But now I'm grown up and I constantly have to spell my name to people on the phone. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 14, 2008 - 55 answers

Is my kid an ancient hebrew good luck charm?

A few years back, an older Israeli man told me that my daughter's name, Kameya, meant "good luck charm" in ancient Hebrew. Was he just pulling my leg? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Jun 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Et Tu, Bompensiero

Is there such a thing as a common Italian surname? [more inside]
posted by yalestar on Oct 11, 2007 - 29 answers

Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)?

LanguageFilter: Why does everyone spell Michael wrong (ie. put the e and the a the wrong way round)? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on May 21, 2007 - 71 answers

How do you pronounce Vafai?

How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.
posted by ND¢ on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Words for where you're from

LanguageFilter: Cypriot. Cairene. Dubliner. These are beautiful, and I'd like more. Name some favourite or exotic words denoting city of origin or residence. And what is the word for this type of word? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Aug 8, 2006 - 76 answers

Origins of naming our offspring.

I am trying to find articles online which delve into the origins of naming human offspring and whether or not other species have audible monickers as well. [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp on May 21, 2005 - 4 answers

In the Style of Hemingway

Grammar/StyleFilter: What is the accepted adjective form to describe something written in the style of Hemingway? Hemingway-esque? Hemingway-ian? Something else altogether? With a hyphen or without? And moving from the specific to the general, is there a hard and fast rule for when we use one of these particular endings (-ian, -ean, -esque, etc.) to turn a proper noun into an adjective, or is the style dictated simply by what seems to sound right?
posted by .kobayashi. on Jul 17, 2004 - 14 answers

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