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What Does HIG Mean?

HIG means "How's It Going?".

The phrase "How's It Going?" is generally used as an informal greeting and enquiry into someone's general wellbeing. It does not usually require a detailed answer. It is commonly used in general situations, e.g., in shops, restaurants or in the street. The expected response is something like "I'm fine, thanks." 

When used in text-based conversations, the abbreviation HIG usually has the same connotations as the phrase "How`s It Going?"; i.e., unless the conversation is between close friends, a short and general response is all that's expected. However, if used between friends, HIG can be a genuine enquiry after their wellbeing.

HIG can also be used to find out how someone is progressing with a task.

Summary of Key Points

"How's It Going?" is the most common definition for HIG on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
HIG
Definition:How's It Going?
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

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When I write HIG, I mean this:

meaning of HIG
HIG is an informal way of saying "hello."

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Examples of HIG in Sentences

Here are examples of HIG being used in conversations:
  • Caroline: Hiya, HIG.
  • Mary: Not so good, I was made redundant last week.
  • Caroline: Oh no! Sorry to hear that.
  • Tim: I've got to write 2,000 words for an essay.
  • Nigel: HIG?
  • Tim: Very slowly.

An Academic Look at HIG

HIG plays the role of an interrogative sentence (i.e., a question), but it is commonly seen without a question mark. In other words, it can be written "HIG?" or "HIG". It is now commonly used as a salutation, i.e., a greeting.

HIG is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Aitch Eye Gee"), but it is not often spoken using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation HIG is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "How's things?" or "Alright? instead of using HIG.

Example of HIG Used in a Text

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See Also

HAY (How Are You?) HAYD (How Are You Doing?) HAYT (How Are You Today?) HGI (How Goes It?)