I think, when I read you hey, that's what happened to me in that kitchen—why didn't I write about it?
Government spending has gone up pretty fast over the last ten years, and hey, we're where all the government happens!
Of course, that “something” might, Petrossov admits, be the “ridiculously priced” G550 business jet—but hey, it is Christmas.
c.1200, variously, in Middle English, hei, hai, ai, he, heh, expressing challenge, rebuttal, anger, derision, sorrow, or concern; also a shout of encouragement to hunting dogs. Possibly a natural expression (cf. Roman eho, Greek eia, German hei).
Þa onswerede þe an swiðe prudeliche, `Hei! hwuch wis read of se icudd keiser!' ["St. Katherine of Alexandria," c.1200]In Latin, hei was a cry of grief or fear; but heia, eia was an interjection denoting joy.
An exclamation used to underscore mildly what is said: Pennzoil has been arguing that, hey, they are reasonable people/ I tried explaining that, hey, basically a goose is just a big duck/ Hey, I'm only human
[1980s+; the use is attenuated from the ancient call for attention found by 1225]