Moin

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For other uses of Moin, see Moin (disambiguation).

Moin is a Frisian language greeting from East Frisia, the eastern Netherlands, North Frisia and Flensburg, meaning hello. Its use spread during the first half of the 20th century over the whole of northern Schleswig-Holstein; it is also used in the Danish dialect, Southern Jutish. Due to the German comic character Werner (who always greets with moin), since the 1980s it is used more and more in central Europe as well.

The word derives from the Frisian word mooi, meaning beautiful. The first moin is different from the second, it is mooi (frisian=good, beautiful), the second moin, also morn means "day" in Frisian language. Similar forms in Low saxon are mooien Dag, mooien Abend, mooien Mor(g)en. Moin is semantically equivalent to the low saxon greeting Tag. and replaced it in many areas. Therefore, Moin can be used 24 hours a day. The duplication Moin Moin is used as emphasis and for a more polite form as well. In Southern Jutish, Moin is used for hello and good bye, but Moin Moin is solely used for good bye. Moin moin literally means "(Have a) good day".

Normally "Moin" is the same as "good". If you meet a person, ask "good? (Moin!)", and the answer is "good! good! (Moin! Moin!)"

People in more southern parts of Germany often mistakenly assume that Moin is a short from of Morgen (meaning "morning") and should be used like "good morning".

da:Mojn de:Moin lv:Moins! nl:Moj

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