Asked • 07/20/19

Is "fare you well" still used in Norfolk?

[Jean Rhys's]( story "Till September Petronella" contains the following passage: > 'Fare you well,' he said. 'That's what they say in Norfolk, where I come from.' > 'Good-bye.' > 'No, say fare you well.' The story was published in 1968 in the collection [*Tigers Are Better-Looking*]( but written in the 1950s. I suspect the stories in that volume actually reflect an earlier time period. Some people on the [WordReference forum]( also found the phrase in a novel about the last days of Anne Boleyn and appear to assume it may have been in use at the time of Henry VIII. However, I was wondering if the phrase "fare you well" is still in use in Norfolk. (Not necessarily by everybody; it might sound old-fashioned to younger generations.)

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Danielle F. answered • 04/11/20

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