I see it has been three weeks since I last blogged. That is a record length of time for me. It is about time I said hallo, so here I am. Do you say hallo or hello. I normally spell it with an a, but blogger always underlines that in red, so I suppose they want me to spell it with an e.
Posh people say hello. I'm not posh so I say hallo. Try it for yourself. The Queen says hello and she is definitely posh.
If you want to shout a greeting from a distance it is better in my opinion to shout "HALLO" with an a. It carries further.
To attract someone's attention from a distance though, perhaps it is better to shout "OI". Although if you do this, everyone in the vicinity will turn around wondering who you are calling to. Also please bear in mind that shouting "OI" to someone can sound quite bad mannered. It is impossible to shout "OI" without it sounding rather harsh. In fact "OI" is not a very pleasing way to address anyone without causing offence. The only time to use the word "OI" in my opinion is when attempting to apprehend a burglar or anyone else engaged in nefarious activity.
Further thought has now led me to believe that "OI" is not a greeting at all. I don't know how it crept into this little missive.