Why do the Japanese need to use the English greeting “bye bye”?

“Sayonara” is used for long term partings and “jaaa neee” is an informal greetings something like “see yer”, so you can see the need for a neutral multipurpose version. Being seen as cute (although not as cute as “bye bee”) also never hurts in Japan.

Having said all that, this phrase has spread to almost every country I’ve been to, further even than those great American exports “okay” and the middle finger

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1 Comment

  1. mossarelli said,

    June 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    The japanese people love english words and culture (Some of it). Saying Bai bai as english people is as cool as us english people saying Sayonara.


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