Some local (american) men of Hungarian descent greet each other in the morning Jo Reggel. When I searched online, it always turned up as Jo Reggelt, and the T is pronounced. When I asked them about it, they claimed it is a mistake, as they grew up hearing Jo Reggel, without the T.

Am I missing something, or maybe they are wrong after all?

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    How do they say ‘good day’? Jó nap? Or jó napot? Sep 1 '20 at 21:25
  • How do they say 'happy birthday'? Boldog születésnap? Or boldog születésnapot? How about 'good luck' which is sokszerencsét in the Hungarian I know but I guess would be sokszerencse for the men you know.
    – OmarL
    Sep 2 '20 at 13:16

Just like in neighbouring languages like German and Czech, greetings in Hungarian usually are in the accusative case. Therefore, it's Jó reggelt. The t is present and pronounced. I guess it's short for Jó reggelt kívánok or some such construction (that means "I wish [you] a good morning")

But many European languages that are also spoken in America have some differences from where they're spoken natively. That is, some New World language varieties have diverged grammaticaly from the way they are spoken in Europe. I can easily imagine that this is one of those cases, and that the men you know simply have a different grammar from what's common in Hungary and surrounding areas.

  • Jó reggel as a greeting is plainly wrong. As a native speaker, I find it exceedingly unlikely that such a form could exist in any living New World variety. It is much more likely that these speakers never learned the language well, and do not use it actively (except maybe the greeting).
    – Szabolcs
    Jan 2 at 12:22

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