Wt/sco/hello

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Etymology[edit]

Hello (first attestit in 1833), frae holla, hollo (attestit 1588). This variant o hallo is eften creditit tae Thomas Edison as a coinage for telephone uise, but its appearance in print predates the invention o the telephone bi several decades.

Possibly frae the Old High German an Old Saxon verb halon, holon (tae bring something, tae gather), akin tae Inglis hale or hail.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /həˈləʊ̯/, /hɛˈləʊ̯/
  • (US) enPR: hĕ-lō', hə-lō', IPA(key): /hɛˈloʊ̯/, /həˈloʊ̯/
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Interjection[edit]

hello

  1. hello

Usage notes[edit]

  • The greetin hello is amang the maist generic an neutral in uise. It mey be heard in nearly aw social situations an in nearly aw walks o life, an is unlikly tae cause offense.

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Noun[edit]

hello (plural Wt/sco/hellos)

  1. "Hello!" or an equivalent greetin.
    • 2007 April 29, Stephanie Rosenbloom, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, New York Times:
      In many new buildings, though, neighbors are venturing beyond tight-lipped hellos at the mailbox.

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Interjection[edit]

hello

  1. a greetin