As we’ve been getting things organized and set up for ourselves in England, I’ve walked into a lot of stores or offices with a particular look on my face. It’s that look of: I’ve come here for a reason and I’m expecting something to happen. In America, this type of look would cue a clerk or salesperson to ask, “May I help you?”
Here, they tend to say, “You all right.”
Pretty nonchalant. Spoken as more of a statement than a question. I didn’t really understand that it was their way of asking how they could help. But I caught on pretty quickly, and the salespeople etc. have, indeed, helped us quite a lot. Up to a point that I would declare ourselves: All Right.