Hi, dear/dearest

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Hello everyone,

Is it correct to greet somebody by saying "dear" or even "dearest"? That is: "Hi, dear!" or "Hi, dearest!"
The person should be a friend or a very close person, but not necessarily a partner.

Thank you all.
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s the sort of thing that most people would only ever say to a close relative, or possibly a very close friend – if indeed they used that sort of endearment at all. But that’s just a matter of common practice; it’s not a rule. Different people use different terms, and especially if you’re demonstrative or flamboyant by nature, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t address anyone that way (albeit at the risk of a few raised eyebrows, or even raised fists :D).
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