Greetings
March 27, 2013 11:46 AM   Subscribe

What's up? What's the rumpus? What's shakin' bacon? What are other ways to say "Hello?"
posted by gwint to Human Relations (81 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
 


"How DOOOOOO!" (sung a la Bugs Bunny in "The Rabbit of Seville") is the go-to one in our house.
posted by jbickers at 11:48 AM on March 27, 2013


My father used to say "What news on the Rialto?"
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:48 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:49 AM on March 27, 2013


Hey.
posted by cjorgensen at 11:52 AM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


I like to go with "What's the haps on the craps?"
posted by Rock Steady at 11:52 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's crackin'? How's things?
posted by palomar at 11:53 AM on March 27, 2013


How's it hangin? (ew!)
posted by heyho at 11:53 AM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


G'day. (Australasia).
posted by yoink at 11:53 AM on March 27, 2013


Locally, I hear the imponderable "Whaddya know good?" with some frequency.
posted by workerant at 11:54 AM on March 27, 2013




How's tricks?
posted by yoink at 11:55 AM on March 27, 2013


What's cooking pussycat?
posted by MuffinMan at 11:55 AM on March 27, 2013


I usually greet my better half with "Hey, baby, what's happening in the world?"
posted by hungrybruno at 11:56 AM on March 27, 2013




My dad always used to embarrass the hell out of my brother and me when we were little by saying "howdy" to everyone. "Howdy, neighbor!" etc. Occasionally he would also bust out a "hey howdy!" which was just awful.

Of course, now my brother and I say it, too. (It's like a curse or something in our family, you hit 22 and suddenly you're howdying up the joint.)

I also say "hey there!" a lot, which for some reason bugs people. Whatever.
posted by phunniemee at 11:57 AM on March 27, 2013 [8 favorites]


Sup?
posted by yawper at 11:58 AM on March 27, 2013


From "The Color Purple": "What you know good, Miss Celie?"

(jinx, workerant...)
posted by Melismata at 11:59 AM on March 27, 2013


Wotcha!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 12:00 PM on March 27, 2013


Aw, DANG, look who it is
posted by Greg Nog at 12:03 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have a habit of saying O HAY GUYS! regardless of whether I'm addressing one person or several.
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:04 PM on March 27, 2013


What's kickin', kitten?
What's good?
posted by dismas at 12:10 PM on March 27, 2013


One I hear at work all the time: "There he/she is!"

I really don't understand it at all, because it implies you've been recently talking about the person you're greeting. However, whenever people say it to me, a) they haven't been speaking to anyone because b) they're greeting me in the bathroom.

"There he is!" Yes, I am standing here having a conversation with you in the bathroom, and you have now just acknowledged that fact and made things awkward. Can't you just say hello like a normal person?
posted by backseatpilot at 12:13 PM on March 27, 2013 [4 favorites]


How's it goin' eh?
posted by Devoidoid at 12:16 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's the dill, pickle?!
posted by TedW at 12:17 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


One of the kids I tutor read "Charlotte's Web" earlier this year, and now we greet each other with "Salutations!"
posted by a hat out of hell at 12:20 PM on March 27, 2013 [7 favorites]


I sometimes text good friends "what's up, buttercup?" The vegan gets "What's up (soy)buttercup?" Also "What's shakin' (veggie) bacon?"
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:22 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


How's trix?
posted by dry white toast at 12:23 PM on March 27, 2013


A few from Ireland.

1. bout ye?

2. Alright?

3. [What's the] story, bud?

4. Q: How's she cutting? A: Suckin' diesel
posted by knapah at 12:24 PM on March 27, 2013


If you're greeting someone over the telephone, the suggested salutation is "ahoy-hoy".
posted by RonButNotStupid at 12:25 PM on March 27, 2013 [8 favorites]


+1 for Ahoy
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 12:28 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


"What's all this brouhaha?"
(The customary response is "Brouhaha? Ha ha ha!")
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:30 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's the happs, pea-snaps?

or

Ahoy-hoy!
What is wanted?

posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 12:31 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's the story, morning glory? Or I just yell out the person's name with glee. At least, I attempt glee.
posted by lyssabee at 12:32 PM on March 27, 2013


Ay up duck.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 12:34 PM on March 27, 2013


Hey y'all!
posted by Cocodrillo at 12:35 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


"...and?"
posted by BostonTerrier at 12:37 PM on March 27, 2013


If you aren't limited to English:

Wie gehts?

┬┐Que pasa?
posted by TedW at 12:44 PM on March 27, 2013


Greetings! (projected as though speaking to a crowd)

How YOU doin'? (Joey style)
posted by vytae at 12:46 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


when someone walks into a room:

"All rise."
posted by BostonTerrier at 12:48 PM on March 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


In a British accent: "What's all this, then?"
posted by jbickers at 12:48 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's the scoop, Betty Boop/what's the good word/hey garbanzo, how you bean/how goes it

(not all at once)
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:49 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Maritime Canada:

"How's she goin'?"

(Obligatory, nonsensical answer: "T'very best")
posted by Pomo at 12:53 PM on March 27, 2013


When addressing astronomers: "Greetings, greetings, fellow stargazers!"
posted by RonButNotStupid at 12:59 PM on March 27, 2013


I think about anything that's a rhyming question seems to work. I sometimes go with:

How now, brown cow?
posted by bibbit at 12:59 PM on March 27, 2013


"What it do?"

"What's poppin'?"
posted by Katine at 1:08 PM on March 27, 2013


How's yourself?
Awright?
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 1:14 PM on March 27, 2013


I've always been partial to "What's the word, nerd?"
posted by lakersfan1222 at 1:16 PM on March 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


"Hey, girl, heeeeeeyyyyyyyy" in the most flamboyant voice I can muster, if I'm greeting somebody I like. Boy can be substituted for girl. Effect is the same.
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 1:16 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


What's the buzz?
posted by elkerette at 1:18 PM on March 27, 2013


"Sooo, we meet again"
posted by lakersfan1222 at 1:19 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


[Person's naaaaame!] (demonstration)
posted by jamaro at 1:28 PM on March 27, 2013


What's the craic? (Northern Ireland)
posted by meronym at 1:29 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was gonna say what's the word [without the nerd part included above,lol]

I also like, what's the what as a greeting, it's like what's new or what's going on. . .

I do enjoy greeting those I particularly like by exclaiming their name in a sing song fashion.

I say 'hey lady' or 'hey mama' to close girlfriends as a sign of affection.

I'll say 'well, hello there stranger' if I haven't seen you in a while.
posted by abirdinthehand at 1:35 PM on March 27, 2013


Hey

Hey you

Hey there

Hey y'all

Speak of the devil

Hola
posted by deborah at 1:46 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Don't start with me"
(works best if you can catch them right as they are opening their mouth to say hi)
posted by found missing at 1:50 PM on March 27, 2013


"What'd you see on Mulberry Street?"
posted by mr. digits at 2:15 PM on March 27, 2013


I live in Newfoundland. "What are ya at?" is a common greeting here. Pronounced more like "whaddyat" though.
posted by futureisunwritten at 2:20 PM on March 27, 2013


Wagwan! (Comes from, what's going on)
posted by ellieBOA at 2:35 PM on March 27, 2013


In my Chinese study group we greet each other with "Ni hao you doing?"
posted by chainsofreedom at 2:48 PM on March 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


Hi
posted by galvanized unicorn at 2:52 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well look what the cat dragged in.
posted by agent99 at 3:15 PM on March 27, 2013


Howzit
posted by bluejayway at 3:42 PM on March 27, 2013


Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! (except that would be incredibly annoying to hear more than once)
posted by book 'em dano at 3:47 PM on March 27, 2013


New Zealand: Kia ora

American midwesterners who think it is an Irish greeting: Top of the morning.

(I have no idea if that one is actually an Irish thing, but I like it despite it being kind of corny. There's a response along the lines of "and the rest of the day to you!")
posted by brennen at 3:52 PM on March 27, 2013


Hiya!
howzitgarn? (aussie accent, nasal drawl on on garn.. garn-going)
wassssup bitchez!!(you need to shriek it... works every time!)

The wasssup one was the standard greeting for my manager (when it was just us) to give our team for a good 12 months. The bitchez included 4 very manly men so it gave us all a giggle each time.
posted by latch24 at 4:48 PM on March 27, 2013


Here comes trouble!
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:19 PM on March 27, 2013


"Wagwan Shotta"
posted by jasondigitized at 5:25 PM on March 27, 2013


Not applicable in all circumstances, but "Hey brother!".
posted by just_ducky at 6:01 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Q-vo
posted by gteffertz at 8:04 PM on March 27, 2013


How's by you? (New York Jews)
posted by skbw at 8:15 PM on March 27, 2013


What's crack-a-lackin'?
posted by Edna Million at 9:06 PM on March 27, 2013


What's up chicken butt?
posted by funkiwan at 9:42 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Variations on "What's up, buttercup?" from another thread.
posted by pimli at 10:52 PM on March 27, 2013


'Ello' said exactly as the worm from Labyrinth says it. Normally accompanied by a wide smile.
posted by Faintdreams at 2:18 AM on March 28, 2013


Greetings Human/earthling/biped
Whats up homeslice/homeskillet/foolio
hey fuckface (close friends only, obvs)
hello comrade
hey you
what's kickin'
woof!
posted by futz at 4:03 AM on March 28, 2013


I tend to use "What are the haps" way more often then I should.
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:04 AM on March 28, 2013


-all right? / y'all right? / all reet? or more commonly, 'reet' (NW England) If you can answer 'reet' with a nod of the head to the last one, you're accepted as an insider. It's not a question but more of an 'I acknowledge you'.
-My friend group from home uses 'bonnie way' as a salutation, but not sure how common that is outside of us, we just like it cos it's funny
-how's you? / hows yous? is pretty common in the villages next to my home town edging closer to Liverpool
-grandad would always ask 'how you fettlin?' which I like because I could tell him 'I'm in fine fettle!' Totally archaic to me but natural as saying "OK' to him. Like asking me who I'm courting, also lovely
-can utilise american greetings which sound ridiculous coming from us, so max hilarity points go to 'yo' and 'holla!' (but this is generally only used in emails/on FB)
-'aight' spoken in east London by anyone under 25 is a cool thing to hear
posted by everydayanewday at 5:49 AM on March 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


Two greetings that ran like wildfire in my cloistered nerd group

" Hail!" which is basically " Hey!"

And Salve ( saulvey) which is Latin for ..... Hey.
posted by The Whelk at 8:25 AM on March 28, 2013


When I was an awkward teenager I used to go all Edwardian and say "Hullo" or occasionally "Hulloa!"
posted by Acheman at 9:58 AM on March 28, 2013


Hola!!
What's doing? (Heard it on Mob Wives soooooo....)
Yo!
Todo bien? (Everything good?)
How you doin'?
How you? (My response - Aight!)
What's poppin'?
How's it going?
posted by mokeydraws at 11:54 AM on March 28, 2013


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