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to not like it when people say hiya

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User472262 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:15:55

I just don’t get the purpose of it’s much more formal and polite to say hello or even hi.

EntropyRising Wed 19-Feb-20 16:16:51

I don't particularly like it, but I guess it takes all kinds.

BritneyPeedOnALadybug Wed 19-Feb-20 16:17:19

Hiya, OP!

Yes, YABU.

WhatALearningCurve Wed 19-Feb-20 16:18:36

Surely it depends on the context of when it's used?

AryaStarkWolf Wed 19-Feb-20 16:18:37

Why do you need people to be formal when they're saying hello to you? I say hiya all the time. sorry not sorry

ToastyFingers Wed 19-Feb-20 16:18:55

It's pretty common here in Wales. 'hello' is usually saved for relatively formal dialogue.

FizzyIce Wed 19-Feb-20 16:19:21

Really? Yabu .. I really don’t pay attention to people’s greetings unless it’s something like “alright dick ’ed!” Then I wouldn’t be best pleased

Love51 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:21:31

My 6 year old greets me 'eh up mummy'. By his standards 'hiya' would be close to RP.
I think the informality of 'hiya' is the point of it. I wouldn't use it in a job interview, but bumping into a friend at the shop? 'Hiya' seems perfect for that!

grannycake Wed 19-Feb-20 16:22:03

Definitely a Welsh thing - I say it

Bella2020 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:22:25

Where I come from we don't even pronounce the 'h' so we say 'iya.' That would probably naff you off even more. I suggest you stay away from north east England.
Yes, YABU.

AryaStarkWolf Wed 19-Feb-20 16:22:49

My 6 year old greets me 'eh up mummy'. By his standards 'hiya' would be close to RP.

bahahahaha, very cute though grin

bank100 Wed 19-Feb-20 16:23:05

Over here rolling my eyes.

AryaStarkWolf Wed 19-Feb-20 16:24:09

Definitely a Welsh thing - I say it

We say it loads in Ireland too (although now all I can hear in my head is Welsh accented Hiya)

TheVanguardSix Wed 19-Feb-20 16:24:45

I'm not from the UK originally. But 'hiya' always rubs me the wrong way here in London. It really makes me grind my teeth when DS's teacher writes 'Hiya' at the top of emails for the parents (re: school trips, etc.). But I am aware that I'm probably being a bit unreasonable and weird about something very trivial.

ParkheadParadise Wed 19-Feb-20 16:25:23

My 4 year old says Hiya to everyone we meet.

TheVanguardSix Wed 19-Feb-20 16:25:31

My 6 year old greets me 'eh up mummy'.

I LOVE this. grin

Nowayorhighway Wed 19-Feb-20 16:25:47

Ha, I don’t like it either and always tried to discourage my DC from saying it.

lemontreebird Wed 19-Feb-20 16:26:22

Ooh, I love 'eh up mummy'! That's really cute.

Isn't hiya just a local word? Completely inoffensive and actually very friendly sounding.

PorridgeAgainAbney Wed 19-Feb-20 16:26:28

My late Dad, when greeted with "Hiya" by shop assistants would confuse them, every time, by replying "what is?" or "than what?" grin

TrippingOnSunshine Wed 19-Feb-20 16:27:08

Hiya is friendlier than Hi not as formal as hello but where I'm from the greeting of choice is 'alright?!' but confusingly for some that's not a question.

Lolimax Wed 19-Feb-20 16:27:21

Hiya from Wales here too.

CheshireChat Wed 19-Feb-20 16:27:48

Never go to Hull if you feel this way, OP.

And apparently Wales and Ireland are out of the question as well though I have no personal experience

10FrozenFingers Wed 19-Feb-20 16:28:49

Hiya! Welsh, oh yes. What's occurring?

BelfastNonBlonde Wed 19-Feb-20 16:29:23

I love Hiya


bingoitsadingo Wed 19-Feb-20 16:30:32


The fact there are degrees of formality to Hello/Hi/Hiya is exactly why I use Hiya. Because sometimes I want to be informal.

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