“A beauty to you” is a positive salutation that I learned from my good friend and mentor, Alexander Law, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Xan, as he’s called, answers his phone, “And a beauty to you!” and greets people throughout his day with, “And a beauty to you!” instead of “hello” or “good morning” or “good afternoon.” Xan says he learned it from a man in Scotland. I find it much more interesting and positive than “hello” or “good morning.”
A beauty can be anything from a nice shirt, an order at a restaurant that comes out good (that’s a beauty), and it’s probably used most often to describe a good golf shot. When I say, “And a beauty to you,” what I’m intending is that your day might contain lots of beauties, and that seeing you is a beauty to me. It’s a toast to people, friends and strangers alike.