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This is going to sound awfully stupid I know (its not really a serious question, im just bored :p:), but does anybody else find the greeting 'alright' annoying?

If somebody says it, do they mean it as a question as in 'Alright?' to which im guessing 'fine thanks, yourself?' would be an ok response. But why the hell would somebody who barely knows you be interested in how you're doing, and im sure they wouldnt bother if you didnt say 'alright' back....but then you may come across as rude for not asking, so you may look a fool either way.

But they may also be saying alright as a greeting, a kind of unfortunate substitute for the simpler, easier and less chavy greeting of 'hi'. Where the hell did this word disappear to?? Therefore if they are using it as a substitute for 'hi' then why dont they just say 'hi'? and then a response of 'hi' would be sufficient. But what if they are an overly friendly stranger that is used to being asked how they are back, is it worth the risk of coming across as a lonely, insociable fool to possibly cheer the old man up?

Now none of that makes sense, but I know that this is a serious problem that blights young peoples lives all across the country. Blame the Americans I say. Countless times I have been caught off guard by the postman saying 'alright' as I pass down the road. To avoid the utter humiliation of misunderstanding him, I get around the problem by mumbling 'alrihi' as a cover of all bases. If you are in desperate need of a last resort, I recommend this one as the misunderstandment has been thrown back at the perpetrator. Ha.

Does anybody have any sound advice on how best to tackle this situation? I'm sure its one that has been frequently asked on this forum before, I know, but wheres the fun in the search bar?

(I am not drunk btw , and no wonder I dont have a girlfriend )
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Yes i do find it really annoying. I am often confused - are they saying hi or asking me how i am??
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"alright" is the more informal way of saying hello, or thats at least how i use it...when they say "alright" just respond with "alright, how are you" or something like that..
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No, I often use that greeting.
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Ehhh, use it all the time around here (more North West )
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I respond either way. I don't really care which way they intended me to take it. Although you can usually tell how they meant it, since I;ve only heard people say it meaning "hi" when they're walking past without stopping.
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It bugs me too, I usually just respond with "hi".
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i say "alreet" they say "alreet"
it slike "how do you do"
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not as annoying as you seem to be right now

God only knows how those in real life cope with you

enjoy the rest of your evening
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I always say it, better than saying hello....hello what???? at least it gives them somthing to answer to
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I tend to say "Y'alright?" to dispense with separate greetings of hello and inquiring as to the person's well-being.

Most people don't tend to answer with "Fine ta" or whatever though, so I assume everyone just sees it as a form of saying hello. If in doubt, simply say, "Alright" back at them.
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I think you have mental issues.
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No, I don't find it annoying and I use it myself all the time. What I do find annoying however is the greeting 'hiya', or even worse, 'heya'. Why on earth would you say to somebody 'hey ya', it sounds stupid and americanised.
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I say it all the time. But I hate it.
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I use, "Aiiiiiiiiiiiiight?", all the time (in an ironic way, of course) ;yes;
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I just try and get in first by saying it before someone says it to me. Then the ball is in their court- just see how they respond.

I don't find it annoying as I use it, evenyone round here does. But it does leave things open for a lot of confusion.

I've never been the greatest socialiser though so could just be me.
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Jester,

You think like me. I like it.
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I want to say "hi", but "alright" is what always comes out.
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Of course it's not a real question. It's a modern development of "how do you do?" - nobody is actually looking for an answer, just a similar response. The correct answer is simply 'all right' in reply. It's not difficult.
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It's not as confusing as my father's greeting, which is 'how are ya?' Apparently, he means 'hello'. Silly parent.
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