So I have been ever so careful when using “hey” over a “hi” or a “hello”. I thought this was a very English thing, but quite surprising to find quite a few English folks on this page to be okay with “hey”.
I have a problem with being addressed by the word “Hey”. Third, because they will continue to do so because they think they are better/higher than you. Lastly, it makes me feel that as a human being, we haven’t made it as far as we thought.
In Britain it would suggest you are about to rebuke or criticise the addressee, and is no good as a greeting for this reason. On the other hand the British really don’t know what to say instead of ‘hey’. Here in Dorset people enquire, seemingly anxiously, “You all right then?” on a rising note which can end in a shriek. I would prefer ‘hey’, but settle for ‘good evening/morning/afternoon’.
I have discovered an American comedy show on British television called ‘Everyone loves Raymond’, in which all members of a family whose ancestors come from Italy but who now live on Long Island greet one another on each entrance on set by saying ‘hey’ in a listless manner
Title: “Hi is for Girls”Hey everybody! Its almost 11 years later from the original post. There was a fellow Cincinnatian who posted how we used it here. Cincinnati is considered the “Gateway to the North” & we have both Northern & Southern influences here.
Hey, to my understanding, started as an exclamation followed by a comment or question. Eg: “Hey! How have you been?” “Hey! Nice to see you!” and then everything else got dropped and we are left with “Hey!” then the exclamation got dropped and so “Hey” came to carry the same meaning as “Hi”.
Now here’s what I meant by “Hi is for girls”. Around here girls use Hi more than guys. Hi is cuter and softer. Continue reading Hey is fast becoming the silent language of lovers