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K5END
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« on: July 17, 2008, 11:42:34 AM »

So many things to learn.

The expression "hi hi" semms to show up in a lot of places where "ha ha" or "hee hee" might fit.

I've even caught myself using it, uh... hi hi.

Is this a CW mode abbrv?

Close?

If so, where did hi hi come from? The best I can guess is that in Morse code the "H" "...." and "I" ".." sound a little like the laughing red-headed Woody Woodpecker character in the Walter Lantz cartoon. But that laugh would really be more of an "S" "E" "T" wouldn't it?

And let's have no snickers about the word, "woodpecker," hi hi.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2008, 01:15:32 PM »

"Hi hi" has been a CW shortcut for laughter since Hector was a pup, and probably before then.

Very old expression.

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K5END
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2008, 02:13:48 PM »

Thanks, WIK.

Glad to know this. I'm very happy to learn that "LOL" won't be needed. I hate that cliche'. There should be a fine for using it, hi hi.
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WB6RXG
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2008, 03:38:52 PM »

Seems to me I read somewhere a long long time ago that HI HI was a result of Hee Hee being sent with shortened spacing between the E's.  It just sort of became Hi Hi from then on.

Stuart
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