What about ye ? : How are you ? How have you been ? What are you doing these days ?
This is an Ulster greeting and for some reason has always driven me mad. I hated when Jim said it on the show and as it was mostly used by people from Belfast, I hated it on the few occasions it was said to me when I was growing up. Maybe it offended my gramatical sensibilities or something but there 'ye' go ! I didn't like it. It wasn't said much by the locals in my part of Ulster which just shows how there can be different words and phrases even within a small area like N. Ireland.
Now that's it's back in my mind again, I may try it out here in the park to see what reaction I get. Probably confusion.
"What about what ? ", I'll be asked. Understandably.
You see it makes perfect sence to me as I've grown up with it but for anyone else, it's a phrase that baffles.
Ohhhh now I can't wait to try it out !!
Have a nice day.