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Indeed--like "Bonjour" and "Merci, au revoir" in France. (Pardon the threadjack!)

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Posted to Thread #24567 at 11:53 pm on Jun 27, 2013

Likewise, "Dobry den" and "Na shledanou" in the Czech Republic. To a large degree, I think this is just a sign of good manners no matter where you go. But shopkeepers under 30 in New York look at me oddly when I say "Thank you" and "Goodbye" if I'm leaving a store without buying anything, but my mother drummed it into me, so I can't help it!

My Austrian uncle-in-law (RIP--died far too early, a few years ago) explained to me about "Gruss Gott," the first time I visited them in Krems. I think his translation was "All hail the gods," which I found enormously entertaining and operatic, and told him so. So for about a week, we would bellow "Gruss Gott" at each other when entering a room (at home only--my aunt-in-law and Jakub both would have given us withering looks if we'd tried it in public). :)

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