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Posted: 4/9/2004 8:06:45 AM EST
If you are introduced to a non Marine and they greet you with "Semper Fi", is it improper? Is that a term that should only be used between 2 Marines?
Link Posted: 4/9/2004 12:02:58 PM EST
Well I'm not a Marine yet but here's my .2 cents anyway. Semper Fi is Latin for "Always Faithful." If I was a Marine I'd probably be a little peeved at a wannabe saying it to me, but then again I'm not a Marine so I don't know much lol.
Link Posted: 4/9/2004 12:26:08 PM EST
Only if it occurs at a gunshow, while you are wearing uniform items in the camouflage pattern whose name shall not mentioned! Seriously though, it isn't protected under copywrite law. If you deliver such a greeting to a Marine, it had better be done with a respectful tone (or he'll kick you ass!). The same thing applies to saluting. Do it correctly and you can expect the same in return; or don't bother (exceptions are made for small children). Enlisted Marines [b]have[/b] to salute all commissioned officers and colors not cased, unlike officers who have to salute everyone. We can choose to salute those who have earned our respect.
Link Posted: 4/9/2004 4:13:52 PM EST
I've known and met a lot of Marines. I never use it as a greeting, or some kind of verbal "high five". I'll use it to show my respect and support, or more usually, on parting. To let them know I'll remember they are making a sacrifice for me. In that context, I've never received a strange look for saying it. And please notice my sig line.
Link Posted: 4/9/2004 4:31:04 PM EST
I approve with GunnyG, never have had been thrown by someone saying that. I have met some that could get bent if you did sound off with “Semper Fi” and looking like Joe shit the rag man. Take care Top
Link Posted: 4/9/2004 6:50:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/10/2004 12:35:33 PM EST by MDC85]
I wouldnt say it unless I was a Marine, just my opinion though.
Link Posted: 4/10/2004 4:12:18 PM EST
It would probably be kinda awkward coming from a non-Marine, but I wouldn't be offended at all. It's not an insult, it's not a vulgarity, and it's not that the person saying it is trying to sound like a Marine. They're saying it to make me feel welcome, to perhaps feel more comfortable with them, to let me know they understand just the teeniest part of my culture. It sounds a bit hokey, yeah, but I'm not offended by it and neither are most of my Marines. I think Pthfndr put it best, honestly.
Link Posted: 4/23/2004 8:23:55 PM EST
wouldn't mind it at all. It does have deep meaning, but it is also a mutli-purpose phrase.
Link Posted: 4/24/2004 5:39:46 AM EST
Yes, you simply don't rate and it means nothing comming from you. "Always Faithfull" is a phrase of endearment between those who are serving or have served in the green machine.

Just stick to hi, hello, what up, nice to meet you..etc.

Semper-Fi Do or Die!! (Fmr Sgt. 0331 USMC)
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 3:18:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/4/2004 3:20:32 PM EST by SGB]
ooops...... hit button twice
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 3:19:37 PM EST

....."Semper fi".....0311

Link Posted: 5/4/2004 6:06:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/4/2004 6:07:02 PM EST by Lee0302]
You can say anything if you say it respectfully and without malice intended. I've heard:

Arrrah Arrrrah!
Hoo-yah shipmate!

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