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I'm curious what country/countries, the phrase "hi dears" is common in. I suspect the United Arab Emirates based on a search on the term and poster location. I hadn't heard that phrase before so I was curious where it came from and if it is a translation of something else.

It's also a phrase that I have to constantly remind myself isn't meant poorly. Like "please do the needful" which I've gotten used to.
 
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C'mon, you can do better than tolerate doing the needful. Embrace it!
 
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I sense Wren & Martin at work here
 
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People considerably older than you -like myself :-)- will recognize one of Congresswoman Lacey Davenport's favorite figures of speech. Maybe not in conjunction with "hi", but in several other variations, like this one, after the 1990 elections:



Welcome to my almost-complete Doonesbury collection :-)
 
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