So, Tumblr changed the app up a bit, and added instructions to get new users to use the Messaging system. Since I’m a featured blog when you sign up, I have started getting a lot of these messages. Seriously, sometimes it’s way over the top.
I think the instructions are, “Say hello to a Tumblr,” which means I get a lot of people just saying hi. I don’t ever know what to say back because it’s dozens a day at some points, and well, swapping hellos isn’t the most scintillating conversation. But the fun part about this is that I get to see a complete smorgasbord of different kinds of hellos. Here are the ones that have come in so far:
- Oi – I think this is Portuguese, right?
- Selam, or the abbreviation Slm – Is that the Turkish spelling of Salam?
- Slt — I think this is short for Salut. Why do we need abbreviations for words this short? I think what I’m seeing here is texting shorthand, maybe?
- Hello — The literal folks. God bless ‘em.
- Hiiii — The excited ones. See also: Holaaaaa, Oiii, Heyyy
- Td bem? — Seems to be Portuguese for you good?
- Hai – Is this just internet speak? Or is it another language?
- Nbr — This one just seems to be a mash of letters
- Boa noite
- Bom dia
- Ji — Is this a typo or another language?
- Hhd — Some smushed up letters, so far as I can tell.
- Oiie – Is that different than Oi? Typo or greeting seems to be a running question throughout.
- Good morning – The most polite/formal feeling one.
I get the most of Merhaba and Oi, so hello Brazil, Portugal, and Arabic-speaking countries!! And hello to everyone else, too. Glad to have you here. Wipe your feet before you come in. Go ahead and take anything you want from the fridge. And remember to lift the bathroom door slightly as you close it or it won’t latch and the cat will invite herself in to watch you do your business.