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In English we say "Good day" as a greeting.

In Spanish, the greeting "Buenos dias" is "Good days" (plural). Why do Hispanics say this? Is it because they really want to talk about more than one day, or is it just easier to enunciate this way? I think it is because it is easier to enunciate. Ease of enunciation seems to be a high priority for Spanish speakers.

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Base language: English
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    En algunas zonas de España (creo que también de América) también se dice "buen día". Son expresiones que abrevian la forma (antigua, pero que toda se puede oír en algunos pueblos) . "Buenos días tenga usted" o " (Deseo) que tengas un buen día" .

    It is more typical to say "good morning", "good afternoon", or "good evening" as appropriate to the time of day. The term "good day" is typically a parting as is "good night".

    I think it goes beyond enunciation to cultural values. Hispanics are more systemic (less analytical) than other cultures. They tend to see everything in groups, as a member of a whole.

    So is the case of "Buenos días", "Buenas tardes" y "Buenas noches". Instead of seeing each day as isolated from the other, they see it as a continuum. Although ease of enunciation does play an important role in here as well.

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