15 Terrific Alternatives to “Hello”
First impressions are important, so why be boring when there are so many other ways to greet a person and forge a unique connection. Celebrate World Hello Day by trying out a new salutation.
1. WHAT'S THE CRAIC?
How they say “What’s up?” in Ireland. The craic (pronounced “crack”) is the news, gossip, latest goings-on, or the fun times to be planned.
2. HOW HOPS IT?
Be classically cool with this late 19th-century slang for “How’s it going?”
Add a little jaunty excitement by getting into pirate mode.
4. [HAT TIP]
Be the strong, silent type and forgo words entirely with an elegant tip of your hat.
5. THERE HE/SHE IS!
Make someone feel like the man or the woman of the hour.
Feeling friendly and cosmopolitan? Ciao will set the mood. Add a kiss on each cheek for authenticity.
Want to write a letter with a classical Latin feel? Open with this abbreviation for Salute plurimam dicit. Si vales, bene est, ego valeo. “Many greetings. If you’re well, then that’s good, and I’m well too.”
Show off your verbal dexterity with this gentleman’s greeting.
Or keep it simple and use the word that means just what it says.
Keep it casual, cowpoke, or get fancier with a full-on Howdydo?
Bring a little mellow sunshine to your interactions by greeting the Hawaiian way.
Start with a show of respect. This peaceful greeting comes from the Sanskrit for “I bow to you.”
13. HOW'S TRICKS?
You’ve got to smile when you dust off this gem from the 1920s.
14. BREAKER, BREAKER
Open the conversation like a trucker on a CB radio.
15. WELL, LOOK AT YOU!
Reminiscent of the sweet way your grandma used to express how impressed she was with you. Why not spread the love around with this opening?
This article originally ran in 2014.