You were away for a few days on a trip for work. You've just come home. Your four-year-old son is glad to see you, and you're glad to see him too.
Hey there buddy! Daddy missed you.
"Hey there" is one casual and friendly way to say "hello".
Here are a few situations in which you can say "Hey there" to greet someone:
- You're at a concert. You see someone that you work with, but you can't remember her name. You say "Hey there" when you walk by her.
- You're fishing on a small lake. A family rows by you in a row boat. You say "Hey there" and smile at them.
- You're friendly with one of the people who works at the local market. When you see him working there, you say "Hey there."
"Buddy" is a name that you can call someone instead of their real name. The word "buddy" means "friend".
English speakers mostly use "buddy" when talking to a younger man. Here are some specific relationships in which someone might call someone else "buddy":
- Fathers, uncles, grandfathers, etc. often call their sons, nephews, and grandsons "buddy" from young childhood until their teenage years, and sometimes longer.
- Male friends who are similar ages sometimes call each other "buddy".
When you call a stranger "buddy", it's just a little bit rude and aggressive. For example, if a man is taking a long time to get a ticket at an automatic ticket machine in front of you, you might say this if you get really frustrated:
Hey buddy, can you speed it up?
"Daddy" is the name that many young children call their fathers. They start to use the name "Daddy" at about 2-3 years old and keep using it until about age 10-13. As children get older, they start to use the name "Dad" instead of "Daddy".
When parents speak to very young children, from 0-5 years, they often speak about themselves as "Daddy" or "Mommy" instead of using "I" and "me". For example:
Daddy doesn't like it when you throw your toys.
Of course, there's a lot of variation from family to family in what children call their parents and how parents refer to themselves.
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