The Curious Geography Of American Greetings

From New York to Hawaii, there's a lot of variation in the small talk people use when they're first getting to know one another.

So what’s your favorite ice-breaker when getting to know someone new? Turns out, your answer probably depends on what part of the United States you hail from. In Louisiana, for instance, you might ask after your interlocutor’s parentage; in multiethnic Philly, you might inquire about a person’s heritage. This video, produced by The Atlantic magazine, explores the peculiar geography of greeting a stranger.


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