Questions tagged [salutations]

À propos des salutations écrites ou orales, initiales ou finales.

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How did “coucou” (with its original “cuckoo” meaning) become a greeting in French?

Several times now, I have seen French people greet each other (via text chat) by saying "coucou". This appears to simply be derived from the word of the same spelling "coucou", describing the noise a ...
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Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ?

We know that when French people want to know someone's name, ask “Comment vous appelez-vous ?”. However this literally means “How do you call yourself?”. Why they don't use something like “quel est ...
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How do you say “How are you”?

In English it is polite to ask How are you? What's up? How do you do? after a greeting. The answer of course is always something like Thanks, I'm fine. Not much Complaints about personal ...
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How can one say “good morning” in French?

I've usually been told just to say “bonjour” in French when in English one would want to emphasize that it is early and you are greeting them in the morning, and would therefore say “good morning”. ...
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Semi-formal valedictions in emails

How does one respectfully sign off semi-formal (e.g. business) emails without going for the full blown “Veuillez agréer, Madame, Monsieur, l'expression de mes sentiments distingués.” etc.?

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