Hello or Hi ?

peggy   Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 16:25 GMT
Is "hi" more American than British ?
Is it more serious for a teacher to say "Hello" to her pupils ?
Is there any difference between "hi" and "hello" ?
Many thanks.
Simon   Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 16:27 GMT

Don't mention it.
peggy   Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 17:18 GMT
don't mention what ?
messire lavoisel   Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 17:39 GMT
Simon was refering to your "many thanks". "Don't mention it" is a frequent reply.
mjd   Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 22:40 GMT
"Hello" is formal, while "hi" is casual. This would depend on the relationship of the teacher with his/her students.
Richard   Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 23:46 GMT
I just looked up ''hi'' in the dictionary and it gave the definition hello.
A.S.C.M.   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 00:09 GMT
Still, "hello" isn't as formal as "greetings", "salutations", "good day", "good morning", "god ye good den", etc.

I think that "hello" is one of those words that have no formal or informal connotation. It can be used to greet both your friends at school and guests at a corporate dinner party. Same with "top of the morning to you".
peggy   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 04:49 GMT
thanks Simon, mjd and A.S.C.M.
Simon   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 08:48 GMT
Plus you can't answer the phone with hi.
IloveEnglish   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 15:00 GMT
Good point about the phone. Sometimes I use "Hi". thanks.
Are you an English teacher ?
Richard   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 15:07 GMT
There was someone once that actually told me that ''hi'' isn't really a word. I don't believe them.
Sara   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 17:46 GMT
Perhaps they consider 'hi' as an interjection.
To me, it's just like 'hello' so it's a word.
No matter.
Richard   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 17:53 GMT
They said that you couldn't use that word in Scrabble because it wasn't really a word. I don't believe them.
Tremmert   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 18:20 GMT
Did you know that Alexandre Graham Bell (who invented the telephone) considered the correct way to answer a phone to say "Ahoy! Ahoy!"?
Richard   Thursday, October 30, 2003, 18:36 GMT
There was one person I heard answer the phone with ''what's up''.