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Re: OT: The greetings problem (Re: Never violate a universal unless it seems like a good idea at the time)

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Monday, September 8, 2003, 8:28
Staving John Cowan:

>A similar oddity is that "Good night" can only be used at parting; >at meeting, one must say "Good evening" no matter how late it is. >Consequently, the English lyrics to the Brahms Lullaby begin "Lullaby and >good night" ("lullaby" is a word of imitative origin meaning a sleeping >song sung by a mother to a baby); "good evening and good night" would >sound like meeting and parting in immediate succession.
I've heard a derivation of lullaby from "Lilith abi!", a charm to protect the child from the demons of the night. Pete