When did people start using the word “hey” instead of “hi”?
I remember when I first heard this word used in casual greeting. I was researching my fourth novel, Keeper of the Light, in the early ’90s and contacted the woman who was heading up the renovation of the keeper’s house at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, NC. She was a fabulous help to me in my research. One of the first things I noticed about her was that she always greeted me with “hey.” I thought it must be a coastal North Carolina thing. Over the years, though, I realized “hey” had crept into general conversation throughout the country. It’s on TV shows, in the movies, and in our daily lives. As I look back through my books, I seemed to have shifted from “hi” to “hey” in my characters’ greetings to one another around 2000.
I like this trend. I like the friendly, casualness of it (although I keep hearing my first grade teacher’s voice in my head, saying “Hey is for horses!”
So, have you noticed this shift in our vocabulary? Are you a “hey” or a “hi” person?
(By the way, the pic of the lizard, who sits by my front door, was taken by my significant other, John Pagliuca).