Pronounced: chayps, shapes, japes
Quick greeting used to avoid someone. Usually leaves the other person confused, leaving enough time for a quick exit and no conversation. Sometimes incorporated with a quick handwave.
- awkward momments (lifts, toilets, etc)
- greeting people accross the street
- to confuse people (shop attendants, parking inspectors)
- change conversation (bosses, wives, people asking for money)
Person A: Cheps
(Person A avoids eye contact with Person B and moves on)
Person B: Hey?...
(Person B is confused; does not know if Person A actually greeted them, sneezed, coughed, etc.)