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Re: What ho!

Posted by Henry on June 30, 2004

In Reply to: What ho! posted by Henry on June 30, 2004

: : Hello!

: : This phrase appears in PG Wodehous's My Man Jeeves,
: : when someone appears at the door.
: : What does it mean?
: : What is the origin?

: : Thank you
: : Judy
: : (Israel)

: What ho! was an informal greeting commonly used by Bertie Wooster, equivalent to Hi there!
: Without is the opposite of within. Without there means outside the door.

Ho\, Hoa \Hoa\ Halloo! attend! -- a call to excite attention or to give notice of approach. "What noise there, ho?"--Shak. "Ho! who's within?"--Shak.