Long time no see

irregardless

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I've checked dictionary entries and related topics, I'm still curious about this phrase.

This idiom is understood by non-US speakers but do they use it as often as US speakers do?

What would be a brief but a bit more formal alternative to 'Long time no see' as a way to say 'Hello, I haven't seen you in a while'? Is it 'Hi, it's been a while'?
 
  • Chez

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    I agree with Greyfriar, but I'd also say it is diminishing in frequency among younger people.
     
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