The wonderful world of spoken English in Ireland once again imposes itself on the daily greeting.
Different folks, as you quickly learn, will say hello in different ways.
Howya: Country folk.
How are you: grander, noble folk.
How goes the battle: Young lads, having fun with each other.
How’s the crack: Lads and girls, saying hello.
How in the name of Jaysus are ya: Usually asked with concern, after a night drinking perhaps.
How’s the form: Breezy, young business types mostly.
How’s the lad: Male bonding stuff.
How the hell are you: After you’ve been ill, first appearance back.
How’s the man: When you haven’t seen someone for a while.
How’s it going there: Usually to a stranger.
Well?: As in what the feck was going on last night.
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