Fandango’s Flashback Friday — July 16th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 16th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on July 16, 2017.

Hear Hear


So you know how, when you want to express enthusiasm or agreement with something someone else has said and you yell out “hear, hear!”?

Hmm. Or do you yell out “here, here!”?

I suppose if you yell it out, it doesn’t matter if you’re yelling “hear, hear” or “here, here” because “hear” and “here” are homophones, or words that are spelled differently, have different meanings, but sound the same.

And, just for the record, “homophones” and “homophobes” are spelled differently and have different meanings. But while they have a similar sound, they don’t sound the same, as do “hear” and “here.” So please don’t yell at me for being insensitive and using the term “homophones” in this post. I’m not Mike Pence, you know.

But I digress. This “hear, hear” versus “here, here” matter is not something I wondered about very often because I was confident in my knowledge that “hear, hear!” was correct. Besides, how likely am I to ever use that specific expression in my writing?

But I have seen other people write “here, hear!” or “hear, here!” or even “here, here!” and I began to question my knowledge regarding this exclamation. Which combination of these two similar sounding but different meaning words is correct? Could I be wrong?

So I Googled it and I am pleased to say that I can savor this moment. The correct answer is “hear, hear!” Damn I’m good.

According to the website, Grammarist, “Hear, hear is the conventional spelling of the colloquial exclamation used to express approval for a speaker or sentiment. It’s essentially short for ‘hear him, hear him’ or ‘hear this, hear this,’ where these phrases are a sort of cheer.”

“Here, here,” however, “is widely regarded as a misspelling, although it is a common one.” It can be used appropriately, though, when calling your dog to come to where you are, as in “Fido, here, here!.” It doesn’t work with cats.

Where did this exclamation originate? Well, according to a Wikipedia article, the source is the Hebrew Bible, Samuel II 20:16: “Then cried a wise woman out of the city: ‘Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab: Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.’”

An alternative theory, also noted in Wikipedia, suggests that the phrase “hear him, hear him!” was used in the British Parliament from late in the 17th century. It was later reduced to “hear!” or “hear, hear!” by the late 18th century.

And you know what? This is probably more than you ever wanted to know about this topic.

Can I get a “Hear, Hear!”?

This is my post for today’s WordPress one-word prompt: “savor.”

17 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — July 16th

  1. Nope, Not Pam July 16, 2021 / 3:11 am

    That was great, so hear hear 😉

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  2. bushboy July 16, 2021 / 5:08 am

    Where? here here for a hear hear….but of course 🙂

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  3. Ally Bean July 16, 2021 / 6:51 am

    I’ve toyed with the idea of doing Flashback Friday on my blog, but don’t know if I [persoanlly] want to flashback. Yet you make a good case for doing it. Hear, hear, I say.

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    • Fandango July 16, 2021 / 7:39 am

      It’s fun to read old posts, many of which I’d forgotten that I’d even posted. Sometimes I’m impressed by those old posts; sometime I’m embarrassed by them.

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      • Myrna Migala July 16, 2021 / 10:22 am

        I was thinking the same thing, not remembering I wrote what I wrote. So far, however, I would write it again, in other words my mind has not changed.

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  4. The Abject Muse July 16, 2021 / 9:22 am

    Hear, hear! Good post, Fandango. I’d never thought of it before, but now I know. Thanks!

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  5. Marleen July 16, 2021 / 12:37 pm

    It is not more than I ever wanted to know; I appreciate it quite a bit. I will add that I think it is often used incorrectly out loud (in addition to being spelled wrongly in terms of the tradition). I’ve often heard people say it (even such as in a movie) as meaning to stop being offensive or rude or inappropriate, such as to tell someone else not to say or do something gauche or even harmful. It has seemed like they were telling the other to focus on the here and now of what is acceptable. (Yet I don’t think I’ve ever said or written it in any way unless out of jest.) Maybe I slightly misunderstood them: as what was being implied should be listened to was a prophet of old or decency rather than anyone present (with something to say).

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