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Hey, Scottie, shake up the fire and put on some coffee, will you?

The night now was very dark, "with hey, ho, the wind and the rain!"

It used to be "Rose," but now it was always "say" or "you" or "hey."

That's why he was so hot about picking a fight on the boat, hey?

What do you suppose one-legged men're going to do in the resurrection, hey, Abe?

Hey, you big Yank, you jest let that po' little conscrip' go!

We scrambled on the bus and as it pulled away Danny yelled "Hey, Buster, look!"

So I went down and said to the boy, "Hey, you, where's my cap?"

And you think you would like to go to the Carnival Ball, hey?

Hey, Merritt, you give me a shiver when you say that, don't you know?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, variously, in Middle English, hei, hai, ai, he, heh, expressing challenge, rebuttal, anger, derision, sorrow, or concern; also a shout of encouragement to hunting dogs. Possibly a natural expression (cf. Roman eho, Greek eia, German hei).

In Latin, hei was a cry of grief or fear; but heia, eia was an interjection denoting joy.

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