Hello. The only two blog posts before this one that had “hello” in the title were the ones I wrote on the first day of 2010 and the first day of 2011. They were simply titled Hello 2010 and Hello 2011. I didn’t keep the “Hello World” title on the default first blog post on WordPress.
It has just occurred to me what a lovely word “hello” is. It comprises of a word that we all associate with death and flames and the big bad wolf, and a simple round-shaped vowel. And we pronounce it that way too: Hell-o. But it’s still “hello”.
All in all, we don’t look at the parts, but rather the whole. And I always write about how we shouldn’t judge people based on their appearance, because their appearance is just one small fraction of their entire self. Their personality, their smile, the length of their legs (ooh, I love long legs… eh, I didn’t mean that perversely), the colour of their hair, the music they like listening to, the time they fell off the monkey bars as a kid – makes their whole entire self. We don’t pick at the small parts when we look at a word; why should we when we look at a person?
There is a sort-of-meme that floats around the internet that goes a little something like this:
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, olny taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pcleas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by ilstef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
I used to be so amazed that I could read it. Now it’s not that interesting to me anymore. If studies show that we read words as a whole, then I think similarly, we should look at people not based on the colour of one eye being off-blue compared to the other, or one fingernail being longer than the rest, or one mole on the side of their face.
Please forgive my head for being completely out of place today.
Why am I saying hello? Well, it’s a nice greeting. It’s more formal than “hi”, but it’s not formal enough to make us nervous and think we’re talking to someone majorly important. It makes me laugh when people say “hai guise!” on YouTube videos, complete with a small wave of their hand and a face that resembles this: /bounce
You also come across the sarcastic “hel-looo” which can often be expressed by a widening of the eyes in disbelief and an exasperated throw of the hands in the air.
I don’t really think about how I say hello to people. Sometimes I just wave. It’s nice to know that waving shows you acknowledge someone is there, as well as greeting them at the same time. It’s rather polite without being brash or harsh. Perhaps some people would disagree and prefer the word “hi”, or some would like to use slang and say “g’day mate, how ye goin’?” I start thinking about how people ask these kinds of things and in what manner they do it.
“How are you?” I fucking hate “how are you” so much. I hate it because it’s so formal. I find it so formal that it disgusts me and I don’t quite know how to explain it. “How you going?” seems alright to me, but for the life of me I cannot understand why I hate using the phrase “how are you” so much. I feel like it sends shivers up my spine when I write it out or even say it. I certainly don’t fear the word; I just dislike it.
Lilian and I thought about perfect alternatives for asking someone how they are going. “How you going”, though grammatically incorrect, works for me in colloquial speech.
We classified “What’s up dawg” as rather trite. I think that “what’s up” gets too boring, and people like me always take that literally and say “the ceiling” (no really, I do).
For me, I’ve stuck with “what’s rolling?” Not because I’ve been playing with wheels or watched too much Transformers lately, but, after a habit of saying, “Let’s roll!” and “Are we rolling?” I figured that it fit me quite well.