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    #1

    ciao

    Hello,
    What does the word 'ciao' mean?

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    Re: ciao

    Goodbye

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    #3

    Re: ciao

    Quote Originally Posted by dapoakinro View Post
    Hello,
    What does the word 'ciao' mean?
    It is Italian for "hello" or "goodbye".

    In my experience in the US, it is mostly used in English as "goodbye".

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    Re: ciao

    It's the same in BrE- you rarely hear it used to mean 'hello'.

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    Re: ciao

    I was told by a very knowledgeable man once (I've never seen it in print, and my source is dead, but it strikes me as interesting and possible) that it's derived from the Vulgar Latin word for 'slave', ESCLAVU(M). Which would make it quite similar to the 17th-19th century English expression for saying goodbye - 'your servant'.

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