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Random information on the term “HELLO”:
Aloha (/əˈloʊhɑː/, Hawaiian: [əˈlohə]) is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion and mercy, that is commonly used as a simple greeting but has a deeper cultural and spiritual significance to native Hawaiians, for whom the term is used to define a force that holds together existence.
The word is found in all Polynesian languages and always with the same basic meaning of “love, compassion, sympathy, kindness”, although the use in Hawaii has a seriousness lacking in the Tahitian and Samoan meanings. Mary Kawena Pukui wrote that the “first expression” of aloha was between a parent and child. The Oxford English Dictionary defined the word as a greeting like “welcome” and “farewell”, using a number of examples dating back as far as 1798 and up to 1978 where it was defined as a substitute for “welcome”.
Lorrin Andrews wrote the first Hawaiian dictionary, called A Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language. In it, he describes aloha as “A word expressing different feelings: love, affection, gratitude, kindness, pity, compassion, grief, the modern common salutation at meeting; parting”. Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Hoyt Elbert’s Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English, English-Hawaiian also contains a similar definition. Anthropologist Francis Newton states that “Aloha is a complex and profound sentiment. Such emotions defy definition”. Anna Wierzbicka concludes that the term has “no equivalent in English”.