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What does "GREETSEE" mean?

Everyone says is to me in the German parts. I tried googling it but found nothing. I thought it mean "greetings"... but they also say it when I'm leaving.
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Old 26.03.2019, 20:16
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Everyone says is to me in the German parts. I tried googling it but found nothing. I thought it mean "greetings"... but they also say it when I'm leaving.
They're greeting your back. It's an ancient good luck custom.
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Old 26.03.2019, 20:17
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

Gruetzi / Gruetzi Wohl = Hello
Gruetzi Miteinander = Hello to both of you / Hello to the whole group

Saying it when leaving is weird and not something I have experienced in my yrs in Zürich.
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Old 26.03.2019, 20:55
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

Correctly (if there's such a thing in Swiss German) spelled "grüezi".

Wait till you get "en guete"* tossed cheerfully at you, just because you happen to be passing the receptionist around 12:00.



*Än güätä, if you're really lucky!
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Old 26.03.2019, 20:57
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

Gruezi is, allegedly, a contraction of Gross Gott (which you will still hear in Austria) and is used as a greeting, not just "hello" but, like bonjour in French, a more general term which you'll hear when someone comes into a café or when you encounter staffers when it walking. There's almost no situation where it would not be appropriate when you encounter other people, known to you or not.

I've also never heard it used as a parting wish, so I think you're mis-hearing something else.
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Old 26.03.2019, 21:03
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Gruezi is, allegedly, a contraction of Gross Gott (which you will still hear in Austria)
Grüss Gott... although God is great, and all that...

Grüß Gott can be a farewell in Austria, so maybe there are pockets of Austrian refugees who use Grüezi that way...?
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

Greetsee is the more formal version. You can use greetdoo for closer friends or even greetitsch in case you want to greet yourself.
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

I find "Merci Vilmal" weird, can't get used to French and German mixed in one sentence.
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Old 26.03.2019, 22:01
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I find "Merci Vilmal" weird, can't get used to French and German mixed in one sentence.
Yet you write that in English, which is French and German mixed in one language.
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...I've also never heard it used as a parting wish, so I think you're mis-hearing something else.
I think OP hears it as perhaps he's simply passing the neighbors on the stairs, regardless of who is leaving and entering? And assumes it's a parting statement as opposed to a basic hello?

We pass our neighbors regularly on the stairs as we're coming and going, and we always greet each other. Not grüetzi of course, cuz we here in Bern are grüüessech type peeps.
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Old 26.03.2019, 22:14
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Yet you write that in English, which is French and German mixed in one language.
But I'm used to English as is, I'm also used to German and some French, yet the Swiss mixed that stuff together in their dialect. And if they speak high German they still throw in French words like Velo.

They are weird in that.
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But I'm used to English as is, I'm also used to German and some French, yet the Swiss mixed that stuff together in their dialect. And if they speak high German they still throw in French words like Velo.

They are weird in that.

I'm lead to believe that there is a "Standard Swiss German" (just like there is a "Standard German") and words like velo and poulet are part of that standard and therefore not dialect.
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Old 26.03.2019, 23:24
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I'm lead to believe that there is a "Standard Swiss German" (just like there is a "Standard German") and words like velo and poulet are part of that standard and therefore not dialect.
I looked it up (just now) And for the first time in yrs realise that high German is just another collection of languages and dialects which all differ..
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I'm lead to believe that there is a "Standard Swiss German" (just like there is a "Standard German") and words like velo and poulet are part of that standard and therefore not dialect.
Not quite. There is a Swiss version of Standard German, but that's called Swiss Standard German (Schweizer Hochdeutsch). Standard Swiss German would mean kind of a standardized version of Swiss German, which is deemed impossible to ever really exist.
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Not quite. There is a Swiss version of Standard German, but that's called Swiss Standard German (Schweizer Hochdeutsch). Standard Swiss German would mean kind of a standardized version of Swiss German, which is deemed impossible to ever really exist.

Yes you're right. I meant Swiss Standard German. I should have acronymised it :-)
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But I'm used to English as is, I'm also used to German and some French, yet the Swiss mixed that stuff together in their dialect. And if they speak high German they still throw in French words like Velo.

They are weird in that.
Au contraire, the blending of languages in ever-evolving English is a hallmark of the current zeitgeist.
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I find "Merci Vilmal" weird, can't get used to French and German mixed in one sentence.
Like in "Winterpneu"?
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

OK thanks guys.

So do I just say "gruetzi" back?
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Re: What does "GREETSEE" mean?

You say "GREEEZLEEEE" back.

There used to be bears here.
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OK thanks guys.

So do I just say "gruetzi" back?
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You say "GREEEZLEEEE" back.
Oh no, not like that, not in Luzern.

BTW, Feyr, is there a specific reason your profile location uses the foreign spelling? Local variations include Lozaarn and Lozärn, but never Lucerne, IME.
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