Wednesday, June 4, 2008
"Cheers" = the English "Prego!"
In Italy, the only word you really need to learn in order to get around is "Prego!" It means, simultaneously, thank you, you're welcome, goodbye, no problem, excuse me, and see ya! It's sort of like "yo." In England, the word for all of that is "Cheers!" "Cheers" is often a conversation closer; for instance, when you buy something at the store, the cashier will hand you the change and say Cheers, often in addition to Thank you. If a person knows you, they might often use your name as well, as in "Cheers Danielle." It's slightly disconcerting at first, but one gets used to all the cheeriness.
And, of course, "Cheers" happens at the pub, too, when everyone gets a new drink.