One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An informal greeting.
- ‘Author's Note: Well, hiya, how are all of you doing?’
- ‘And if you already know what I'm talking about, why not drop by and say hiya to our friends at Barbelith.’
- ‘Girls would giggle as they swept past, too afraid to muster a squeaky hiya in case any of them replied.’
- ‘Oh hiya, I don't think I'll be able to make it in for the week.’
- ‘With Debbie wandering round the isles, I raced back home, sprinted inside, said hiya to the dogs, got my wallet and raced back to the supermarket.’
- ‘We get results - hiya to our readership at the Beeb!’
- ‘Feels like a long time since I sat here and wanted to chat to you… so here I am… hiya everyone, what you been up to?’
1940s: alteration of how are you?.
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