good noon

Discussion in 'English Only' started by hly2004, May 17, 2007.

  1. hly2004 Banned

    Hi, everyone:

    Could I use "Good noon" to guests in a lunch dinner on a formal occasion?
    If not, could you tell me another term?

    More explanation:
    I know it's ok to use "Good evening" to begin a speech by host in an evening dinner. But I'm not sure if it's ok to say "Good noon" by analog.

    Best wishes
  2. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Noon is a fleeting instant, unlike evening - which at a formal dinner may seem to be an eternity.

    In your case "Good afternoon" would probably be best.
  3. tomandjerryfan

    tomandjerryfan Senior Member

    English (Canada)
    I don't recall ever hearing anyone say "good noon." When formally addressing guests at noon you usually hear "good afternoon."
  4. hly2004 Banned

    I see, thank you all:)
  5. liliput

    liliput Senior Member

    U.K. English
    Just make sure your greeting is given either before or after 12 noon. Then you can use good morning or good afternoon respectively.
  6. hly2004 Banned

    I see, thank you LiLiput

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