A secondary greeting, to be used after the first round of hellos, typically on a phone conversation. It is often used as a filler while the caller/callee are remembering who called who and why. Pronounced similarly to "Hi" but the 'i' sound short, over-pronounced and with rising intonation, almost sounding surprised. Perhaps the best comparison is with a martial arts "hai-ya", but with the 'i' sound shortened abruptly. In writing, it is always followed with an exclamation mark.
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