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6 ways a stranger's greeting can make you blind with rage


WHEN DID WE all get so ‘friendly’ anyway?


The scourge of the 21st century, ‘hun’ is now the go-to greeting for gal pals, shop workers, delivery people, strangers in lifts, taxi drivers and everyone else.

Stop. Stop it.


Usually used with a soupçon of passive aggression, being called “pal” by someone who isn’t your pal is the verbal equivalent of a side-eye with the promise of a loaf to the head.

“Actually pal” is motive for homicide.

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We haven’t carried out scientific research but we’re fairly certain that there are no recorded incidents of a stranger leering at another stranger in the street telling them to:

Smile, it might never happen.

which have resulted in actual smiles.

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Same rules apply for “buddy’ as for “pal”. Buddy might even evoke a little more disdain or menace.



The ultimate in condescension/nice taxi driver patter, depending on the delivery.


The shorthand version of saying:

Do/get this for me, there’s a good girl.

Don’t even get us started on “good girl”.


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Emer McLysaght

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