Well I am interested more in British and Amercian societies so far. So is it better for foreingers to avoid saying this? Just in case?)
Miss Julie let's say when I meet my close friend or just a colleague I want to chat to or have a drink with can I use it instead of "Hi" or is it better not to?
I am still just completely baffled by the thought that somebody somewhere lead Pndpnd1 to think that there is anything remotely romantic about "Hey, you." I guess it could be, but then almost anything can be romantic...or aggressive...or depressed sounding...or hostile...or whatever - if said in the right tone of voice and with the right body language.
I agree that "Hey, you" is normally reserved for strangers, and even then usually at a distance.
It is quite common (at least among people I know) to greet your friends with just "Hey," though. It basically means "Hi" or "Hello," both of which are still really common as well.
Right. "Hey [person's name]" or just "Hey" is fine; it's "Hey you" that can be problematic.
I am still just completely baffled by the thought that somebody somewhere lead Pndpnd1 to think that there is anything remotely romantic about "Hey, you." I
...almost anything can be romantic...or aggressive...or depressed sounding...or hostile...or whatever - if said in the right tone of voice and with the right body language.
Thank you all very much.
Well urbandictionary.com has helped me a lot before. I guess not this time. Thank you all very much.
Urbandictionary.com contains a significant number of entries for which there is only one source - the person who wrote up that entry, who is of course talking about how he and perhaps his friends use it, or at least how he thinks they use it. As such, it should always be taken with several grains of salt. It has its uses, but it certainly isn't definitive, and I don't think it even pretends to be.
pndpnd11 said:JustKate absolutely, but I just thoght that entries that had at least several hudread thumb-ups are usually more or less credible
Hm... when pnd suggested a romantic reading of "Hey, you" I could immediately hear it: lowered voice, maybe a little breathy, stretch out the vowels, then raise the eyebrows on the "you" - "Heeeeeeeeeeey, you." So I would say that there is at least a recognizable way to say "Hey, you" and give it a romantic slant. But it's all in the pronunciation, which is really hard to discuss here.
I make no claims as to how widespread it is. It clearly has other, more established meanings; of that, there's no doubt.
I simply recognize it, from who-knows-where? Telly, most likely.
What sense does it have in the Pink Floyd song?
mysig said:'Hey you' can be, and often is, used as a flirtatious opening gambit while you look your man/woman in the eye; lips curled, expression all playful like. I suppose, depending on the delivery, it can have a certain romantic undertone.