Wednesday, May 02, 2007

"Good Night"

I like the use of "good night" not just as a nocturnal "good bye", the termination of a conversation, but as a standalone evening salutation:
"How y'all doin'?"

"Good night."
The intonation is different: instead of dropping to a flat close, the "night" draws out and lilts gently upward.

Another one for the gunnysack.

2 comments:

  1. Also nice is the apopemptic use of 'good morning':

    "See you then!"

    "Good morning."

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  2. "Apopemptic"? My goodness, how much do they charge for a word like that?

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