Tuesday, May 17, 2011


We have a friend who often says g'day. He is a gay and most gays don't say g'day. My Tradie Brother and ABI Brother both say g'day. I use g'day advisedly at work. Some you say g'day to, some you don't. Can I explain who I say g'day to or who I say some other greeting to? I cannot. I have grown up with g'day. I suppose I use it appropriately and instinctively. Some people around the highrise, younger males, I might say g'day to. I would certainly not say it to a female stranger or a man dressed in suit. There is no conscious thought about it on my part.

More than once an Indian resident in Australia, probably visiting students, have said to me, good day mate, with perfect diction and a heavy accent. Nah, doesn't work at all. I smiled inwardly. Their cultural educators have done a bad.

Dina in the US has been musing over the use of g'day, I think it is a word best left native Australian speakers. It is not that we mind or care that much, but it just won't sound right. Best to use your own greeting term. We are very used to hearing American greeting terms via our televisions and movies.

The Brits and Irish don't care. They just greet us as they would someone at home. European visitors to Australia are inclined to be more formal.

While there are greeting terms that I don't use, there are a lot that I do. Why do we have so many ways to greet someone?

Really though, it doesn't matter. Being friendly and saying whatever form of hello you choose is nice.



  1. G'donya maayte's the way to go.

    The Jeff Fenech social engagement protocol - and then he punches yer lights out.

    What's not to like about that.

  2. (emerging briefly from frantic packing). I tend to say 'howdy' a lot but I'm not sure why....

    As with Lord Sedgwick however, I'm a big user of 'goodonyer'

  3. We're into gidday over this side of the ditch too, and I think I know how to use it 'proper'!

  4. In a startling display of cultural ineptitude, I subconsciously use whatever of g'day/hi/hey/hiya/ hello/morning etc (complete with different inflections) I think best mirrors what my greetee would be most comfortable with.

    Didn't even know I was doing it until a friend asked why I used so many different greetings!

  5. I love saying 'g'day'.
    It's just an abbreviated 'Good day' with the unspoken but implicated 'to you'.
    When the checkout person says, as they do "how are you today" I always respond merely with g'day (as my mood and condition is not the business of people whose names I do not know).
    I met the Governor of Victoria once but I didn't say g'day to him.
    Conversation is often the social equivalent of a minefield though, as it has been reported Her Maj was miffed when Mrs. Middleton said "Pleased to meet you".
    infra dig apparently.
    Her Maj needs to get out more.

  6. I just can't seem to convince with my G'days. So I just don't use it. Which is odd, because my dad's family are very ocker and g'day champ, owyagarn? is such a sonic feature of my childhood it's really amazing I just can't make it happen.

    I settle for a chirpy "hi there!" or "hello, how are you?". Probably too much chirp.

  7. We were never a g'day family. Coming from Germany, my parents always went with hello, how are you? It's what I say at the checkout to people who have become regular customers; people I don't know well get good morning.

  8. I don't think I use g'day at all. I tend to say Hiya more than anything. I think!

  9. I truly loathe that american habit of saying in greeting 'Hey.'

  10. Yeah, to some of my friends I say "How the bloody Hell are ya?"and to others it is Gday, Hello, Whatchabeendoin? Didjabringyagrogalong lol. Goodbye is "seeya" "ciao" "catcha" "Bye" there you go :) I am common lol

  11. I can imagine LS. If the punch doesn't fix it, a head knock would follow.

    I used to say howdy at times Kath, but for some reason I don't know. Don't forget your passports.

    Ah KN, you lot and your vowels. Aussie vowel sounds are correct of course.

    Much as I do Red, and we do it unconsciously.

    Ann, Mrs Middleton should have said G'dy Lillibet.

    Me, now I am wondering about my g'day. Does it sound natural?

    River, I think I would prefer the good morning, even I knew the checkout person by sight and she/he knew me.

    Alert to all, never ever ask my mother how she is. She will tell you, in great detail.

    I too say hiya at times, or heya.

    Emstacks, the one that gets me is the Watsup. I never know how to answer.

    Cazzie, I have used all of your goodbye ones. I am common too.

  12. I think when we go to Australia, I'll either say "G'day" with a VERY American accent or I'll say "Howdy folks".

    Or maybe I'll just wink at everyone.

  13. oh you know who says g'day every single day - Red Symons at the start of his shift. "Yeh, G'day". In fact in my own head, I call him just that!

  14. I have a question rather than a comment. Why don't gay people say G'day?

  15. oh Big Dog you big dog you - maybe the gay soldiers, lumberjacks, football players and big-rig drivers do - it's fairly butch.

  16. Dina, that is what we would expect, so why not? Could you slip the pardna in with the howdy at times?

    He does indeed Fen. It is reassuring. I wake, the world is still going coz Red says G'day.

    Emstacks is on the money BDG. It is a class thing, or rather perhaps ocker. My friend who does use g'day is very straight acting, plain speaking although perhaps not quite ocker. Having a Fijian Indian partner tends to give him away though.

    Lumberjacks Emstacks? We have our own word for them. Just can't think of it at the moment.

  17. Somewhere deep in my memory bank when on posting in Beijing I recall a Swedish colleague startling us with the information that their word for Hello is G'day.

    I don't know if my memory is faulty, if my leg was being pulled or if I dreamt the whole thing.

    Perhaps <>http://jamesobrien.id.au/ can confirm.

  18. You are right about this - have a listen to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkWayeRaWT0

  19. Very good MC. The word is disappearing though.