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Regional usage as an alternative to 'hi'[edit]

"(US, Australia, Canada) An informal greeting, similar to hi." Surely this should also say the UK now also? Despite this meaning not being used historically, it's ubiquitous now. 15:47, 14 May 2018 (UTC)


Isn't this from Scandinavian hej? Smiddle / TC@ 14:42, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

No, this is a natural expression that arises spontaneously in virtually every language, with almost the same sound and same meaning. —Stephen 19:34, 15 May 2007 (UTC)
It may be a natural expression, but it most likely comes to English via Scandinavian. Leasnam 15:45, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

Tracking down another meaning[edit]

I was looking at a random place in Google maps (Specifically, West Derby, Liverpool, UK) and ran across many street names ending in Hey. Anyone have a clue where this came from, or what it might be derived from? I saw only a few mentions of this usage of 'Hey' anywhere on the internet. It is a very hard word to search for. — 08:17, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

We had this in the entry: As a component of some English place names, it is a disused old word for "hedge" or "area of land enclosed by a hedge". However, I have removed that since it was misplaced and may not be a stand-alone modern English word at all. Please re-add with correct formatting etc. if applicable. Equinox 12:54, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Uncountable noun[edit]

It's obviously not a well-known noun, but I see it's been entered as uncountable. Surely not. You could have heys couldn't you?

Meaningless beat-marker?[edit]

Well then it's not a word. Are we to define every meaningless sound? How about uh?

Most definitely uh. If a word has a standard written form, such as hey, huh, hmm, er, or uh, we like to have it described and explained. —Stephen 19:27, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

Another sound-alike[edit]

I've added the term "hè" from the Southern Unami dialect, popularly called Lenape, a North American indigenous language formerly spoken in the Delaware Valley. It is well-recorded that this was the general greeting in that language, as verified by the official Lenape Talking Dictionary of the Delaware Tribe and many other academic sources accessible online. Having a Native American language bolsters the "natural expression" argument which so far only includes Sino-Tibetan, Indo-European, and Uralic examples. -- 09:17, 21 June 2011 (UTC)