Textbook Spanish only gets you so far. ¡Hola! ¡Adiós! ¡Buenos Tardes! ??? Hereabouts, in the Zona Media of Navarra (from Estella in the west, to Tafalla/Olite in the middle, and as far east as Sangüesa, roughly) – and northwards, the universal hello/goodbye seems to be … Well, until a few days ago, I just couldn’t make out what word or words were being said, by almost everyone, so casually and at any occasion. But then I was in Estella, browsing amongst the books in a large charity shop, and I came across this dictionary of colloquialisms of Navarra. So now I know …
And it means I don’t have to consider which text-book greeting is the most appropriate, I’ll just use Agur.
It’s derived from Basque (‘vasco‘ in the extract – and which prevails across the north of Navarra), and is pronounced Uh-‘ghoor