long time no see
It's been a long time since we met, as in Hi Bob! Long time no see. This jocular imitation of broken English originated in the pidgin English used in Chinese and Western exchange. [Late 1800s]
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Long time no see is a casual way of saying, “It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other.” While it originally comes from Chinese Pidgin English (just like the phrase no can do), beginning in the late 1800s long time no see was used to ridicule the English of Native Americans.
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Keep in mind …
Instead of long time no see, consider these alternative expressions:
- “I haven’t seen you in a while!”
- “It’s been such a long time since we’ve seen each other!”
If you’re looking for something less formal, try:
- “Been a while!”
- “It’s been a minute!”
- “It’s been forever!”
These utterances are a specific way of greeting someone you have not seen for some time. If you’re looking for other ways simply to say hello, Thesaurus.com’s door is open.
How to use long time no see in a sentence
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