Are you a Hi person... or a Hello person?...

@aseretdd (13709)
Philippines
April 4, 2008 2:19am CST
Instead of saying hello... i usually say Hi... which is short for hello... Back in high school... my English teacher said that if you are addressing a person that is like older or superior to you... the proper way to greet is to say Hello... and they will say Hi back... i don't know where she got this... But then... i got so used to saying hi to everyone i meet... that i always forget that Hello is for them... and Hi if for the rest... Do you usually use Hello... or Hi instead?...
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47 responses
@drannhh (15088)
• United States
4 Apr 08
I don't know where she got that either. It is more appropriate to say "Hello" when speaking formally, so of course "Hello" would be more respectful, but the older person should say "Hello" back, not "Hi" because the higher ranking person is supposed to set a good example and not talk down to others. "Hi" is more casual, so we don't use that to answer the phone, for instance. Actually, I don't use "hello" to answer the phone either. On the extremely rare occasions that I actually answer the phone instead of letting the call go to voice mail, I always say "Who is calling, please!" If they don't answer, I hang up quickly, and that gets rid of junk calls fast.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
I sometimes answer the phone with "Who's this?" that might sound rude... but when there are so many prank calls each day... one cannot help but be rude when it comes to answering the phone... I agree when you said that high ranking people should set a good example by not talking down to others... so if they are greeted with a hello... they should say hello back... thanks for the response...
@SViswan (12072)
• India
4 Apr 08
I say 'Hi' only to my close friends. I usually say 'Hello' to everyone..including my children's friends. I feel 'Hi' is a very light word and easy to be thrown around when I am with friends...but I am always conscious of the words I use with others and how it might seem to them. Though I don't remember anyone telling me, I've always felt that 'hello' is more respectful than 'hi'...and like you, instead of figuring out who to tell 'hi' to and who to tell 'hello' to...I just stick to the 'hello' for almost everyone.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
I never thought that there is complexity in the words hi and hello... very simple words of greeting but they mean a lot when said to a certain or group of individuals... but i always say hi... and never in a sarcastic manner... thanks for the response...
@SViswan (12072)
• India
7 Apr 08
I know what you mean because I have kids say 'hi' to me all the time and they don't mean to be disrespectful. It's just that I grew up thinking this way. I do not judge or look down on people who say 'hi' instead of 'hello'. It's just that I am careful when I use it.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
4 Apr 08
hello. i think i am a hello person. i also say "ano ka hello?" whahahaha. and i also say.... "hello okay ka lang" so i think i am a hello person. i think hello is sweeter than hi. but my children when i say hello they say hi when i say hi they say hello
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
Oh i remember that... "Hello okay ka lang"... i always use that... but in a sarcastic manner... especially when i was still teaching high school... when students ask for the most impossible questions or considerations... thanks for the response...
@suehan1 (4356)
• Australia
4 Apr 08
i actually use both,i have not actually thought about it and had to stop and think.i don't know if there is actually a right or wrong in saying hi or hello.it just comes out of my mouth and i really don,t think when i speak,cheers sue
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
A lot of us don't really think that much when we are on a greeting spree... like i the word hi would just come out of my lips when i come upon a lot of people that i know... even if they are a lot older than me... it is like the easiest word to say... thanks for the response...
• Philippines
4 Apr 08
hahaha.. well.. whenever i encounter someone saying hi to me, i say hello in return, but if they say hello, i would say hi..
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
OH my... so you are both a hi and hello person... hi and hello back... and hello then hi back... well that beat being repetitive in greeting a person... i think i will try that one... thanks for the response...
• United States
4 Apr 08
I use "hi" all the time or "hey"....am I the only one who uses "hey"?
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
8 Apr 08
Aparently... you are not the only one who uses "hey" in greeting others... some who responded to this discussion use that too... but in my country... we rarely use "hey" because this is a form of calling people... not greeting them... thanks for the response...
@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
4 Apr 08
When I meet people who I have close to, I always say "Hi" instead "Hello". Because "Hi" always prove close to every body.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
So it means that you are more of a hi person than hello... you are right in a way that hi tend to be more friendly and hellow can be very formal... and a lot of people are more comfortable with the informal way... thanks for the response and welcome to mylot...
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
4 Apr 08
Well it's a first for me...lol I guess that's why they don't call me miss etiquette...lol I really never was taught anything about that as far as I can remember anyway. I usually say Hi, no matter who it is. I say hello when a person says hello to me. Hmmm I wonder if someone will have more information. I'll be checking back, now I'm curious....hehe Blessed be, Mari
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
7 Apr 08
Well, this discussion now has more than 30 responses... and i saw some interesting information regarding to whom to say hi or hello to... seem like my teachers was partly correct in what she said to us... thanks for the response... I like the Miss Etiquette title...
• United States
5 Apr 08
I am both. It depends on the mood I am in and the person that I am saying "hello" or "hi" to. If it is my step-father, it is "hi", "good-bye" or nothing at all.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
9 Apr 08
You sure do not have a good relationship with your father... if that is the way you greet him... but i hope things will get better in the future... but i also agree that for some... i always depends on the mood... thanks for the response...
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• United States
9 Apr 08
STEP-father, the man has no blood-ties to me whatsoever. Anyway, yes, it all depends on my mood.
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@aweins (4203)
• India
14 Apr 09
hi my dear friend, i usually say hi to the people i meet but i remember that i say hello to the older ones. i think the people are old and respectable are to be said hello and other of your age or your collegues or frined s , we can say hi. in my school also i was told the same thing that hi is to be said to friends and hello to old respectable. i think from that very day that thing is set in my mind . i dont remember in which standard i was taught this but whenever it was taught , i still remember it.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
That is exactly what i remembered what my teacher said... i just do not know if that sort of thing is written in a certain rule or ethiquette book... so i need to do more research on that... Thanks for the response and thanks for reviving this discussion...
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
Is that even real? I'm referring to the rule that you say Hello to one's superior. I've never heard of that before! I'm generally a Hello person. I don't know why I never got used to greeting people with a "Hi". I think Hello was what was actually taught in school! It's like how they taught "how are you". Thanks for the comment on my discussion!
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
2 Jan 09
I don't really know if this was true... since my teacher told it to me and my classmates... but i have never read any book that says so... but then... there is no harm in using that rule... but if you are comfortable with saying "hello" then i think that is a good thing... Thanks for the response...
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
1 Jan 09
I use both, when I answer the phone I say Hello when I walk up to someone I know I say Hi.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
I think that is the same with a lot of people... i also just say hello when i answer the phone... but use hi when i meet someone i know like a friend or an acquiantance... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
whenever i meet a new friends and even in socializing with other people i preferred to greet them "hi" rather than "hello".
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
2 Jan 09
Greeting friends with a "hi" is so much convinient... and it shows how familiar we are with them... a lot of those who responded to this discussion prefer to use this form of greeting... even me... Thanks for the response...
@ericajoyce (1748)
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
Hello aseretdd. Nice information about that. I didnt know that. Whenever, I meet people I usually say Hi but, when I send text messages to my friends, I either say Hi or Hello.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
2 Jan 09
Well, this is one thing i really remember about my English teacher in highschool... i don't really know if it is true... but it does make sense... and it won't hurt to follow such a rule... Thanks for the response and for reviving this discussion...
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
11 Jul 08
i think the main thing is that u do greet them. i usually say hi or hey. greetings from tennessee.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
I agree... the important thing is that we made the greeting... no matter what we said... but there are some people who are very particular on the kind of greeting given to them... in my case... it doesn't matter as long as it is sincere... thanks for the response...
@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jul 08
aseretdd I am a strictly hi person as I do not want to be a stuffed shirt and I do want to be friendly to everyone so I just say hi. sometimes when in public I will say hello but here its informal and I just say hi, so far nobody objects to me at least not to my face. lol lol lol
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
That would be rude of them to object to the manner of greeting you prefer... but some who are like above the clouds... prefer the more formal greeting... and i try to avoid such people... thanks for the response... and keep on saying that "HI"...
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
10 Jul 08
Well, I didn't know that. Nobody ever told me. But anyway, I'm a hello person, so that would prevent any problem, right? I don't know why though, why I prefer saying hello instead of hi. I guess because it's two syllables? It doesn't make sense. hehe.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
Well, it does make sense to you... since you are the one who prefer to say hello... but i think you are right... saying hello to all people you meet prevent any problem that might arise... with greeting people who are superior or inferior... thanks for the response...
@Bugsey (775)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I say YO! How's it going? I rarely use hi or hello.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
Yo is mainly used by young people nowadays... when i was a teenager... i don't remember anyone using that greeting... except for those who are really into rap music of course... thanks for the response... and for reviving this discussion...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
11 Jun 08
Hello aseretdd, I always use 'Hi' instead of 'Hello'. First, it sounds the same like in my mother tongue language and I feel it easier to say that compare to 'Hello'. I feel friendlier to others whenever I say 'Hi' to them. But whenever people say 'Hello' to me, I will reply with 'Hello' too.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
I am also more of a Hi person... Hello seems to be too formal... so i only use it when i meet someone for the first time... and if that person is there for business... Hi is the more friendly and warm greeting... thanks for the response...
@ozzeth (942)
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
both sometimes i says hi and sometimes i say hello. and sometimes i just smile! hi and hello! smile:) :) :)..
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
21 Apr 08
That is good... you get utilize these forms of greeting to the fullest... thanks for the response...