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Why do British people say; "You Alright?!"

Why do British people say, “You Alright?!” 

You Alright is essentially a British term commonly used to ask someone if they are okay, which is a friendly gesture of saying hello and inquiring if you are well. However, it does have an underlying meaning of acceptance; for example, it reflects a persons willingness to accept you or allow you to continue.

The second part would imply it is seen as a question and an exclamation, making it a metaphor. Ultimately this would depend mainly on how it is expressed, regarding the circumstances.

The only way we can be sure if they are purely inquiring after your wellbeing is when they include other words, (are) for example;

“Are— you alright, Richard?”Aunt Geraldine inquired startled by his sudden need to support himself with the arm of her chair.
The Unscrupulous Proposal, short romantic story,

It was with an exhaustive slump of his shoulders and a harsh glare that he finally saw Catherine again. He looked down with an open mouth and shook his head in disbelief. Geraldine Myers lifted herself slightly in anticipation he was taking a turn for the worst, but he quickly tapped her on the shoulder and insisted he was fine.

He watched them standing there together; she seemed to laugh at almost every gesture he made. He cursed her child-like mannerism; although he did, however, concede it was a quality he found most endearing. After all, she was not yet aware of his feelings. Read more 

 

“You Alright!” 

The term can convey a liking towards a person, another a form of acceptance, which often implies; you look fine, really good or outstanding.

It is essentially an informal British greeting, and overtime has become more widely used. Another meaning of the phrase said more profoundly could imply a refusal of assistance.

Like many English phrases, it is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not completely deducible from individual words. Still, instead by the expression or context, the phrase is used.

We often use phrases like, “Go break a leg!” More often than not, used to wish you luck, although depending on expression and context, it could mean what is said.

 

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