Thursday, December 24, 2009
The image above is from Roy Lichtenstein's painting, "Hey You," in case you didn't know or couldn't figure out from the big finger pointing at ... hey, that's right ... you.
This is how "hey" is sometimes used in the American context. Usually aggressively, as when attempting to apprehend a criminal. "Hey" is more often used as a form of greeting, followed by "you guys" in the North and the softer, more gender-neutral "y'all" in the South.
In Australia, "hey" has its equivalents in the Canadian "eh?" and the American "right?" or "you know?" It trails the end of a sentence, seeking affirmation from the person or group addressed. Very far from the Althusserian thing going on above, and very often used Down Under.