Posted by Smokey Stover on December 22, 2006
In Reply to: "See you in Church" posted by ESC on December 22, 2006
: : "See you in Church"
: : There is some implication here that is taken to be standard, and I don't know what it is. You should repent? I won't see you otherwise and will only nod cordially when I see you where everyone gathers at the same time? See you around? What?
: In my part of the United States, it is sometimes used in a joking manner. Like when people have been misbehaving -- drinking to excess, for example. One says to the other, "See you in church."
I imagine that here in New Jersey the expression is sometimes used as in ESC's neighborhood. that is, as a sort of nudge to those who have committed venial sins. However, it is more often said (I think) when there is no issue of misbehavior on the part of the one addressed just as a jocular goodbye.