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Old 02-10-2003, 02:36 PM
skaterboarder87 skaterboarder87 is offline
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Hioooo? Hi-Ooooo? What is this?

Have you ever heard someone follow up a fairly lame joke with "Hi-oooo" (sounds like "Hi", then an extended "o")? What exactly does it mean, and how is it really spelled? I hope this makes sense.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:42 PM
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My WAG is that they are attempting to sound like Ed McMahon from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Or At least like Phil Hartman doing an impersonation of him.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:42 PM
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I always assumed it was a reference to Ed McMahon from his tonight show days, this was one of his "signature sounds", IIRC.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:52 PM
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Ah, awesome, thanks guys. Now what is the proper way of spelling it (or as close as you can get)?
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Old 02-10-2003, 03:06 PM
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Hi-yo!
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Old 02-10-2003, 03:20 PM
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Is it pronounced “Hi-Yoooo”? It always sounded like “Hi-ooo” to me.
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