What is the proper thing to say when someone asks “How are you?” It should be “I’m well” or “Things have been better” or “Something that implies how I’m doing.” The response I heard today (and have been hearing for a while) is “hey.” Oh, how that drives me nuts! I’m not saying hello for the second time. I’m really asking you how you are doing!
The other misuse of the word hey that bothers me is found in the expression “hey is for horses.” That’s not necessarily true. Hey is an exclamation; it’s a short word to get attention.
Hay isn’t for horses either. Hay is dried grass for feeding livestock.
Heigh is for horses. Think of it like mush for huskies, or sooey for pigs.
So please don’t respond with a “hey” unless you need to get my attention, or you need me to hand you some dried grass, or I look like a horse to you. 🙂