Popular greeting around my part of England in the 1970s and still heard today, but what’s the derivation?
UD offers the following opinions:
‘wotcha’ is a greeting
origins: ultimately dates back hundreds of years
it’s a contraction followed by a phonetic spelling of:
“what chere cheer be with you?”, which was a common phrase used as a greeting
chere/cheer meant ‘face’ and thus referred to a person’s expression of their mood
person a: ‘hello!’
person b: ‘wotcha!’
English Slang for “What’s up?”
While UD is great for ideas, it seems to be 100% anecdotal and 0% evidence based. So what do we think here? Is it really “What Cheer!”?