Thursday, May 29, 2008

Another Long Day...!!!


Back in Junior school, I remember carefully looking at my watch to check whether it was past 12 in the afternoon or not. Wishing my teachers 'Good afternoon' and not 'Good Morning' was a big deal :) :) . That's nice. so we have'good morning', 'good afternoon' and 'good night'. All very nice. But what about 'Good Evening' ?? someone seems to have left the poor fellow behind. I dont think I've ever wished anyone good evening. Can't really blame me because there's not much of an evening anyway. Up until 5:30 the sun blazes and by 6:00 night starts to fall. A 30 minute window is too less. But bewarned, the higher latitudes you climb the more 'good afternoon' vanishes from your vocab and the more 'good evening' you use. Hmmmm..... did i wish anyone good afternoon in the past month ???

6 comments:

saurabh said...

shabba khair..

Kolor said...

@saurabh

baaassssuuuuu.... meow meow ( hulo bedaal....!!!)

Kaushik said...

You use "good night" only when the other person is going to sleep, or when you're bidding someone farewell when it's almost or past bedtime.
Good evening is used in all other cases after the sun has set.
You wouldn't start a conversation with 'good night', but you could start one with 'good evening'.

Kaushik

Kolor said...

@kaushik
all true...
what i am saying is that the sun stays out a lot longer in northern latitudes such as in europe, so good evening is more commonly used.

Kaushik said...

There's a book by Gerald Durrell called Three Singles to Adventure, in which the natives of a place called 'Adventure' near Guyana speak English in an extremely amusing manner. One of the things they do is use 'Good night' as a greeting at any time after sunset.

Kaushik

Kolor said...

tats nice....

Gerald Durrel really knows how to pick up simple things and make funny anecdotes out of them...

i read one of his books, 'my family and other animals'. that was pretty godly too...