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I'm working on a program for youth group and collecting words of greeting, both friendly and not-so-friendly.

What's your favorite famous greeting, from a book or a play or a movie or TV show?

29 thoughts on “Greetings!”

  1. the classic yet obvious: “hello, my name is inigo montoya. you killed my father–prepare to die.”

  2. “How do? Come and have a bathe!” –Freddy Honeychurch, “Room With a View” by E.M. Forster

  3. Charlotte to Wilbur: “Salutations!” I was a word geek even as a child, and this tickled me the first time I heard it. Still does.

  4. An antipodean trio:
    You’re not in Guatemala now Dr Ropata (from the first ever episode of Shortland Street, NZ’s long running medical soap opera on TV, when the head nurse was unhappy with the views of the newly returned Dr Ropata)
    Kia Ora, Talofa Lava, Kia Orana, Malo E Lelei, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Taloha Ni; warm Pacific greetings to you all. (Greetings in many Pacific languages NZ Maori, Samoan, Cook Islands Maori, Tongan, Nuiean, Fijian, Tokelauan. Of course each could be used separately and very appropriately especially in solidarity with the current devastation in Samoa and Tonga. Very common in multicultural NZ for formal occasions to begin with with a string of greetings and summary in English as above. Made ‘famous’ by previous Prime Minister Helen Clark who always began her speeches like this.
    And the classic: “Dr Livingstone I presume”

  5. “hey there huckleberry” tombstone, Doc Holiday from my son and “Live Long and Prosper” but it’s more a farewell than greeting altho I believe it can be both.

  6. I’m quite sure this won’t be helpful, but it continues to make me laugh:
    “Hey, I’m Larry. This is my brother Darrell, and this is my other brother Darrell.” (The Newhart Show)
    I would like to add that I am not as old as this comment makes me seem. Thank you.

  7. These are great! esperanza, thanks for reminding me of Larry, Darrell and Darrell! (I am definitely old enough to remember them.)

  8. I left a Caddyshack one on Twitter.
    Here’s a Star Wars one: “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”
    There’s also the bit she says to General IForgetHisName when she’s captured and says something about his holding Vader’s leash and how she recognized his foul stench when she came on board.
    I can think of a couple of Blazing Saddles ones, but none that are appropriate for youth group!

  9. * We are the knights who say “Nee” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    * I’m Bart Simpson, who the hell are you? – The Simpsons
    * Sand people are easily startled but they’ll soon be back and in greater numbers – Obi Wan, Star Wars iV
    * Are you a daughter of Eve? – Mr. Tumnus, Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

  10. My favorite is from a song, actually. It’s the “Helloooo Baby” at the start of “Chantilly Lace” by the Big Bopper.

  11. Well, the first thing that came to mind is the whole song that opens Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood — “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…” and ending with “…won’t you be my neighbor?”
    Complete with shoe toss and sweater zip-up.

  12. Frank Bennett: And who might you be?
    Idgie: Towanda, to you.
    Frank: Well, you’re a lovely girl [something like that], Miss “Towanda”
    Idgie: Are you a politician, or does lyin’ just run in your family?

  13. Teri took my favorite too.
    There’s also: “Hi Ho Steverino!” (I think it was Tom Poston to Steve Allen)
    and “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated” the Borg
    and “Go ahead, make my day”
    “It’s okay, I wouldn’t remember me either.” (Kevin Spacey in American Beauty)
    (this is fun)

  14. Mork from Ork : Nanu Nanu
    Urkel: Halllooooo Lauurrraaa
    Fonzie: Aaayyyyyy
    Rocky: Yo Adrian!!
    Oh my gosh, what does this all say about me? Not very intellectual, that’s for sure. Pop culture junkie is all I am.

  15. “You talkin’ to me?” — Taxi Driver
    (Of course he’s looking in a mirror at himself, but I think that still counts!)

  16. This is very long, but I’ve always loved this exchange:
    All that the unsuspecting Bilbo saw that morning was an old
    man with a staff. He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak,
    a silver scarf over which his long white beard hung down below his
    waist, and immense black boots.
    “Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was
    shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from
    under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his
    shady hat.
    “What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning,
    or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that
    you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
    “All of them at once,” said Bilbo. “And a very fine morning
    for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain. If you have a
    pipe about you, sit down and have a fill of mine! There’s no hurry,
    we have all the day before us!” Then Bilbo sat down on a seat by his
    door, crossed his legs, and blew out a beautiful grey ring of smoke
    that sailed up into the air without breaking and floated away over
    The Hill.
    “Very pretty!” said Gandalf. “But I have no time to blow
    smoke-rings this morning. I am looking for someone to share in an
    adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find
    “I should think so—in these parts! We are plain quiet folk
    and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable
    things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in
    them,” said our Mr. Baggins, and stuck one thumb behind his braces,
    and blew out another even bigger smoke-ring. Then he took out his
    morning letters, and began to read, pretending to take no more notice
    of the old man. He had decided that he was not quite his sort, and
    wanted him to go away. But the old man did not move. He stood leaning
    on his stick and gazing at the hobbit without saying anything, till
    Bilbo got quite uncomfortable and even a little cross.
    “Good morning!” he said at last. “We don’t want any
    adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The
    Water.” By this he meant that the conversation was at an end.
    “What a lot of things you do use Good morning for!” said
    Gandalf. “Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it
    won’t be good till I move off.”

  17. These are fun – several I love but had forgotten. The best of all IMHO is also quoted from Jane Ellen and Charlotte – of course the book that follows s one of my faves as well

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