#1
So, I am an American who works in a fancy designer retail outlet store which is frequented by UKers and people from everywhere, really. As an American, I only say "cheers" when making a toast with beer glasses or when referring to an old sitcom, so I'm not too familiar with how the phrase works.

My customers will thank my by saying 'cheers!' which makes sense, but I'm not sure how to respond, should I say 'cheers' back? Would that be weird, since I'm American? It seems strange for me to say, so I figured I'd ask the advice of UG's UKers. Thanks!
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Cheers (First): Thank you! Have a great day!
Cheers (In response): Your mum is a bloated sea cow.
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#7
Slight derailment here, but it's in the same vein, so whatever.

When some one says 'what's up,' or even worse, 'sup,' do you say 'sup' back, or actually tell them what's up?
#8
We're not alien you know, when a Uker says 'Cheers' it basically means 'thanks for the service'. Just reply with a nice "No problem" to reciprocate the comment or something to that affect.
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Essentially it's used as a replacement for "Thank you" or "Thanks"

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Slight derailment here, but it's in the same vein, so whatever.

When some one says 'what's up,' or even worse, 'sup,' do you say 'sup' back, or actually tell them what's up?

I either reply with "sup", or say "not much, you?"
Because if your life is anything like mine, there's never much that could be up.
#11
You could say cheers back, you could say "aye, no problem", you could say "you're welcome"... just whatever really.
#12
"No problem"
"you're welcome"

However you'd reply as if they'd jsut said "thank you"

But don't say "cheers" back. It just sounds silly. Especially if you're american.
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#15
Ah I get it now, thanks. When we make a toast here and someone says 'cheers' the proper response is to say 'cheers' back, so I wasn't sure. I knew it didn't sound right.

As for the 'whats up?' question, you can either say 'not much, you' or you can just say 'what's up?' if you want, it's perfectly acceptable, but you'll know which one to go with based on whether the first person phrased it as a question or a statement.
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#17
I think if somebody says cheers to you, its weird to say cheers back. You can't repeat the same phrase and expect it to sound right...

I only say cheers when communicating with the working classes...
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So, I am an American who works in a fancy designer retail outlet store which is frequented by UKers and people from everywhere, really. As an American, I only say "cheers" when making a toast with beer glasses or when referring to an old sitcom, so I'm not too familiar with how the phrase works.

My customers will thank my by saying 'cheers!' which makes sense, but I'm not sure how to respond, should I say 'cheers' back? Would that be weird, since I'm American? It seems strange for me to say, so I figured I'd ask the advice of UG's UKers. Thanks!

You're right by doing this. When your customers says 'cheers' (which they shouldn't) you should really say 'you're welcome'. It is the correct way and it is a lot more polite.

However, nowadays people say 'cheers' as a replacement for 'thank you'
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"Alright pal"

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"Alright pal"

I love 'pal', it's so underused!




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I hate it when people say "buddy" thought, that really pisses me off. Much better to say "mate" or "pal".

Oh and to clear it up if it hasn't been clear enough already.

Cheers = thank you.
They might also say "ta"
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"Alright pal"

I love 'pal', it's so underused!

I don't know. 'Pal' has always seemed really condescending to me. Like 'Champ,' or 'Chief.'
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"Alright pal"

I love 'pal', it's so underused!

You wouldn't say that if you saw some of the emails I've recieved that have been forwarded through various different army officers. Usually go
Can you forward this to _____ cheers buddy!
Fwd to ________ cheers pal
Fwd to the rest of ________ cheers mate
It's quite amusing for me.
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#27
if it was me working in a fancy retail store id say something along the lines of
"no problem, have a good day" or just "your welcome"
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#28
Depends on the context.

If, for example, you had some hip young hipster hippo come into your shop from the UK, cheers would be a good way to end the conversation. However I wouldn't say it to anyone you believe is over the age of, ooh, 40? Then, you should be a bit more polite.

IMO.

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#30
The proper response to 'cheers' is a slightly self depreciating nod of the head and carry on with your business (unless it's used as a toast thing). Mastery of this nod will take years of hard work/living in the UK but it can be done.
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