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Re "Top o' the morning"

Posted by Bob on January 11, 2001

In Reply to: Re "Top o' the morning" posted by R. Berg on January 10, 2001

: : I am looking for the meaning of Top o' the morning to you. Can someone help? Thanks!

: After waiting for someone with a better reference library than mine to step forward, I'll fill the gap, though with no particular expertise. My understanding is that "Top o' the morning to you" is a traditional Irish greeting, the equivalent of "Good morning" but more exuberant.
And the traditional response is "...and the rest of the day to you."