Recently I met a new friend who uses the message "Sunny Greetings" every time we start a conversation, especially via message.

What makes this word "Sunny" becomes appropriate?

Will it depend on any weather of the day?

Can I use this word after like let's say 3 PM of the day?

  • Alexander, that isn't idiomatic in British, US American, Australian, South African or Zimbabwean English, anyway. What did your dictionary say sunny meant, please? When you ask about the weather and the time of day, did you notice how they would compare to using phrases like Good day/ morning/ afternoon/ evening/ night? None of those means anything like I see we're having good (as in weather) nor I see at this (3pm) time of day, things look good. All mean I wish you/ hope you have a good (noun) D'you see why that can't be perfectly translated to sunny, please? – Robbie Goodwin Sep 28 '17 at 22:58

Is your new friend German?

The term "sunny greetings" is used in German (Mit sonnigen Grüßen). See: http://www.linguee.de/englisch-deutsch/uebersetzung/sunny+greetings.html

My knowledge of German is insufficient to research the term properly, I'm sorry.

I have seen the term used in English on postcards and the like. (For example, "Sunny greetings from Bristol.") I am unaware of it being used generally as a greeting in English, but I could well be wrong.

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    I'm pretty sure it is not used as a general greeting in the UK. – Kate Bunting Sep 28 '17 at 15:07
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    No, Kate. In 60 years of listening, I've never once noticed that, nor anything close to it. – Robbie Goodwin Sep 28 '17 at 22:48
  • I have read that "sunny" is a popular word in Japan, though I don't know if "sunny greeting" is an idiom there or not. – Hot Licks Oct 28 '17 at 11:46
  • I had an old law professor who offered "fraternal greetings" to all and sundry who crossed his path. – Peter Point Nov 27 '17 at 6:37
  • My Danish friend used that for starting a written message and I think it showed the mood from her side both physically and mentally; however, now it's rainy here. I'm writing an email to a friend and I'm pretty sure that I won't put 'rainy greetings' to start the writing. – Jacques Lee Mar 22 '19 at 22:12

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