Bik wrote:Dia dhuit is quite formal, the likes of conas atá tú is more common in practice (even though that means how are you rather than hello), in the Gaeltacht it's also common to hear people just say hi (I've seen it spelt 'haigh' on some occassions).
On the whole I wouldn't be too concerned with the god element in the Irish greetings, no one seems too bothered with the god reference in goodbye in English, adieu in French or adios in Spanish.
eoinomurchu wrote:Haigh! Taim chun alt a scríobh air seo. Tríd is tríd seachnaíonn daoine gan chreideamh osnádúrtha Dia dhuit, ach sleamhnaíonn corr 'le cúnamh dé' agamsa fiú. Tá 'Móra duit' ann cineál '~Greetings' 'Sé do bheatha' chomh maith. 'Conas atá?' agus 'Aon Scéal?' ríchoitianta.
I am currently working on an articel for this, Generally most people who don't have supernatural beliefs try to avoid 'dia dhuit' as its very in your face, compared to goodbye even. Other options are Móra duit' 'Sé do bheatha' or the far more common greeting of 'Conas atá?' and 'Aon Scéal?'
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