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As a Non-Bavarian with roots in Bavaria, my experience is such: As a Bavarian in Bavaria: That greeting is totally neutral with no notion of a religious attachment As a Non-Bavarian in Bavaria: Using "Grüß Gott" is the same as mentioned above, with a slight hint to respecting the culture. Using "Guten Tag" is a clear statement that you're not a local, but ...


I am from Bavaria and to be honest, I doubt that people today actually see a religious background in saying "Grüß Gott". It's just the way they greet each other. So a reply like "I will if I ever meet him" or "whom?" or "which one?" will mostly be frowned upon. Personally I think that this is even more rude than greeting an anti-religious person with "Grüß ...


Vorab Die Frage wurde vor langer Zeit gestellt, aber ich fand die bisherigen Antworten nicht zufriedenstellend / nicht akkurat im Bezug auf den tatsächlichen, mündlichen Sprachgebrauch. Ich bin Deutsch-Muttersprachler mit gemischter süddeutscher Prägung (Bayern / Österreich) und beziehe mich in meiner Antwort auf alltägliches "Hochdeutsch" / ...


I feel like you and don't like using Grüß Gott. I am German and live in Baveria. I have always used Hallo and Tschüs (sounds softer with long ü) throughout my live in any situation. I never felt that anybody felt this to be inappropriate or impolite.


My translation would be "Down the hatch".

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