I wish you well to wear it
(sentence) A saying uttered on seeing a friend or relative wearing a new garment or accessory. It is value-neutral, not implying that the garment is nice, just that it is new.
"Is that a new jacket? I wish you well to wear it."
"On first seeing a new engagement ring, you would say, 'I wish you well to wear it' to pass on good luck to the newly engaged couple."
Languages of Origin
טראָג געזונטערהײט 'wear healthily'
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
Who Uses This
Wear it well, Wish you well to wear it, Wear it in good health
"I wish you well to wear it" is used widely amongst older British Jews (especially in London). "Wear it in good health" is more common among older American Jews.
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