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    The use of 'good evening'


    Hello,
    I know 'good evening' is used as a greeting depending on the time the person is speaking.
    BUT
    I came across the use of 'good evening' at the end of a person's speech. (rather formal style)


    My questions are:
    Is it uniquely formal language?
    Does the meaning remain exactly the same as the general one or is it slightly changed?
    Maybe it is an old use?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: The use of 'good evening'

    If I hear 'good evening' as a parting words, I think it is both formal and rather dismissive.

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