He-LO-ho

July 1, 2007

So what is it with the current craze for saying ‘hello’ in a sing-song fashion? The entire staff of a Pret in Shoreditch spent a week summoning customers with it, Fran from Travis did it on stage, and a woman at work answered the phone with it.

The word is split into three syllables with the emphasis on the middle one. Musically it approximates (roughly) to So-Mi-Do, with the middle note being the highest.

Where did it come from? I can’t be sure, but it sounds to me like it might have come across the Atlantic, smuggled inside a camp steward’s wheelie-case.

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