What is Greetings: Definition and 24 Discussions

Greeting is an act of communication in which human beings intentionally make their presence known to each other, to show attention to, and to suggest a type of relationship (usually cordial) or social status (formal or informal) between individuals or groups of people coming in contact with each other. Greetings are sometimes used just prior to a conversation or to greet in passing, such as on a sidewalk or trail. While greeting customs are highly culture- and situation-specific and may change within a culture depending on social status and relationship, they exist in all known human cultures. Greetings can be expressed both audibly and physically, and often involve a combination of the two. This topic excludes military and ceremonial salutes but includes rituals other than gestures. A greeting, or salutation, can also be expressed in written communications, such as letters and emails.
Some epochs and cultures have had very elaborate greeting rituals, e.g. greeting a sovereign. Conversely, secret societies have often furtive or arcane greeting gestures and rituals, such as a secret handshake, which allows members to recognize each other.
In some languages and cultures, the same word or gesture is used as both greeting and farewell. Examples are "Good day" in English, "Sat Shri Akaal" in Punjabi, "As-salamu alaykum" in Arabic, "Aloha" in Hawaiian, "Shalom" in Hebrew, "Namaste" in Hindi, "Ayubowan" in Sri Lanka and "Ciao" in Italian. The bow and handshake are also used for both greeting and leave-taking. And in many south Asian countries like Sri Lanka and India, they put their arms together and place it near to heart which shows they are greeting from the bottom of the heart. In India they say "Namaste" and in Sri Lanka they say "Ayubowan" which means live longer.

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  1. B

    Greetings, Bw Teter here with questions about making filaments....

    Im interested in making filaments out of basalt rock.
  2. Anthony23

    Greetings (And help formulating an equation)

    Hello Physics Forums members! My name is Anthony, first time user of the boards, and wanting to send a friendly hello to everybody! While not a Math wizard, I have a strong grasp on most mathematical and physics concepts and I have a deep fascination of all things Space and Sci-Fi. Without...
  3. B

    Welcome Matthew! 14 Yr Old Theor. Physicist w/ Asperger's

    Hi everybody, I am blokpoi, but you may call me Matthew if you wish. I just found out about these forums and I figured I should join them because of my love for physics! A little about me: - I am a 14 year old theoretical physicist - I have Asperger's Syndrome - My favorite kind of math is...
  4. S

    MHB Happy Star Wars Day - May the Fourth Be With You

    \begin{array}{c}\text{Happy Star Wars Day!} \\ \\ \text{May the Fourth be with you.} \end{array}
  5. I

    Greetings and seeking advice.

    Hi my name is Daryll or Iccanui, whatever you guys want to call me. Thank you in advance for your time in reading this. Just a quick summary of what my story is so you know where I'm coming from. I've worked in the field of information technology for about 15 years ( 37 now ). Mostly...
  6. M

    Greetings fellow Physics Forum members

    This is my first post on any message board so bare with me on any grammatical errors I make in the post. I will be heading into my senior year of high school and I plan on majoring in physics. But I live in a rather rural community and high school courses aren't considered challenging. We have...
  7. Andre

    Photographing in Rainy South France: Mas d'Azil Cave

    So what can you photograph if it rains cats and dogs, in South France The gutter But then the air is clearing The Arize is a lot wilder than usual as it enters the cave of Mas d'Azil obviously also at the exit.
  8. A

    Greetings, how does light travel through the glass?

    greetings, how does light travel through the glass? advanced thanks
  9. sylas

    Greetings from Seoul: Exploring My Korean Roots

    I'm currently in Seoul, Korea. My last blog here warned I might be gone for a bit, but I have internet at my current accommodation, so here's a hi! You can find out more about why I might be in Korea from my very first blog entry: https://www.physicsforums.com/blog.php?b=1316 [Broken]. I've...
  10. L

    Greetings, fellow scientists and engineers

    I've decided to register after a few visits to this wonderful site. I recently have returned to school (took me 10 years to figure out what I wanted to do:redface:) for undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering and/or Applied Mathematics. The members of this forum seem to be extremely...
  11. T

    Political correctness in holiday greetings.

    Hi! now that its the "winter holiday," I was curious to know what people thought about saying "Merry Christmas" verses "Happy Holidays," and whether being PC regarding holiday greetings is important and/or necessary. Tom
  12. Janus

    Seasons Greetings: Celebrate the Holiday Season!

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  13. Z

    Greetings from a newcomer plus a few questions

    Hello everyone. I am ZComet and I hail from Malaysia. I am glad to come upon such a vibrant forum dedicated towards physics and mathematics. It's very nice to meet like-minded people such as yourselves around here. I am not a mathematician (yet), but I plan to take pure mathematics as my second...
  14. F

    Greetings from an Old Friend: Checking In!

    Hello old friends, new entrants, and people I have generally not spoken to in a very long time. I was talking to an old friend from here and decided to log into see what has happened in my long absence. How has everyone been?
  15. X

    Introducing a Third Year Physics Undergrad from Canada | New to Forums

    Hi, I'm new to the forums (well, I did post one other post when I registered last week or so) and thought I'd introduce myself. I kind of feel weird writing this actually, but I think I'd feel more awkward just randomly inserting myself into the conversation (wait, am I doing that right...
  16. A

    Greetings from somone interested in the sciences

    Hello everyone. I stumbled upon this site and I like it so far! I have always been fascinated by the sciences; chemistry, mathematics and physics in particular! I am by no means a suitable student per se, but I hope that I can learn something from each of you and perhaps offer a nice insight...
  17. F

    Greetings, asking for sources.

    Greetings everyone, I am new to these forums but just by looking around a little I see that it is a community I would love to be a part of. I am a 20 year old students of Informatics technology from Greece. I do realize that what I do is not connected directly with physics or engineering...
  18. Andre

    Discover the Remarkable Font That Will Elevate Your Website Design

    A very remarkable font. Greetings Earthlings (hope it's not a repost)
  19. K

    Admission to Physics Major: Prerequisites, Classes & Recommendations

    this question is for those that have been admitted to a University for a Physics major, or are planning on doing so... What other classes have you taken in High School? What prerequisits are usually set to be admitted into a Physics program. Which classes do you recommend? Particularly from...
  20. G

    Greetings from StatutoryApe

    Greetings from StatutoryApe! Hey all, S'ape messaged me the other day and told me that his boss has blocked PF across the entire campus where he works, just so he can't use it... he's pretty annoyed, but wanted to say hey to everyone, sooo... HEY! (from him, not me) hopes everyone is well...
  21. 0

    Greetings, and a few questions.

    Greetings to you all. It's more than just a bit over my head. I am more here as an observer, but I do have a few questions. I was recently sent a link to a website that is based around an electrical model for the universe. It seems logical. Am I retarded? :rolleyes: You don't have to...
  22. S

    Greetings brane-collision heralded by intense gravity waves?

    I'm not a physicist but when I was a kid I started out college as a physics major and am familiar with most of the undergrad level maths- from what little I can glean from the math in some of these brane-collision models is that there would be a great deal of amplified localised gravity waves...
  23. Tsu

    Happy Birthday! - American Greetings Co., Inc.

    For those who have a birtday today, a 'card' ...from American Greetings Co., Inc. A Birthday Haiku Getting older sucks. Yes, it really, really sucks. It sure does suck bad. Ya got to love it...
  24. A

    Greetings and antimatter question

    Greetings everyone, I'm new to these forums and would first like to salute all of you. Also, I've got a few little questions about matter/antimatter interaction and was wandering if anybody could help me out. What are the conditions that must be met for a particle and an antiparticle to...