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Hiya
When I'm writing a friendly email without any particular purpose, I will often use "hiya!" in the subject line. I mean it as a casual, friendly, hello-type greeting.

Just now though, I saw the subject on a note in my inbox, and I realized that it could also be taken to mean a classically stereotyped version of a martial arts battle-cry. Like this: hiiiiyyyaa!!!

I hope nobody has thought, over the years I've used that subject, that I was challenging them to battle, or virtually karate-chopping them, or something! Gosh, how awkward.

So now the Dilemma For The Day is: do I go back and email an apology to everyone I've ever written to, or do I just let it slide, hoping they understood what I meant??
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confesstome From: confesstome Date: March 31st, 2003 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno, but my little brother got spanked the first week of kindergarten (35 years ago) for making that sound and karate chopping people in the lunch line.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 31st, 2003 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh no, it's worse than I thought!!
confesstome From: confesstome Date: March 31st, 2003 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, you're in deep doo-doo.
cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: March 31st, 2003 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Actually, I think I'd prefer to get battle-enhanced emails.

Certainly be a break from all the spam.

Maybe I'll start using "today is a good day to die" as my opener...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 31st, 2003 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooh, that'll be cool!
bjorng From: bjorng Date: March 31st, 2003 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Hiya!

I don't think you have to worry about it much. But it might bring some lightness into other people's lives to mention it. I sure got a laugh out of it.

Maybe you could define a protocol for it: If it has one bang, it's friendly; two or more imply a martial challenge.

Hoka hey! (Much less likely to be interpreted as friendly. ;)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 31st, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hiya!

Glad it made you laugh! Everybody needs smiles once in awhile.

The problem with a protocol is being certain everybody knew it. The bang system makes sense. hm, I suppose I could define it in my .sig.....
prader From: prader Date: March 31st, 2003 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You're goofy.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 31st, 2003 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

*grin* I know.
prader From: prader Date: March 31st, 2003 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Kiiiiiaaaaiiiiiaaaaa!!!!

*Hassaaaan CHOP!!*

:)
charisma From: charisma Date: March 31st, 2003 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's a greeting- it's a karate noise- it's all this, and more! :)
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