In one of the episodes of Rick and Morty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick says "Greetings" to a crowd. It's not the first time I hear this expression, which seems to be used as a greeting.

What's the exact definition of this expression in this context? When or in which context can we use this term/expression? Is there a reason behind the usage of the plural of "greeting" in this context?


"Greetings", although it has a plural form, means "a single message that says you hope someone is well, happy, etc". It can be addressed to one or more people: I send you my greetings; my father sends his greetings to you/your family/everybody at your house; greetings to you, my friends and colleagues. Compare condolences, congratulations, commiserations, regards, best wishes etc.


Greetings is used when speaking to many people rather than one person - for example, when addressing a crowd. It is like saying "hello". Rick is offering his "greetings" to those in the crowd, collectively.

  • This is incorrect -- it's not unusual to say "greetings" as a salutation to one person, although it is slightly formal. – Andrew Nov 25 '18 at 18:39

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