1 year ago
Last edited at 7:12AM on 7/29/2012
The term is "eh" as A as a long vowel and it's used as a slang word as to "what do you mean eh"Or it's like asking am I right. Example: The grass is greener over there, eh? The term "aye" ( I ) is what pirates would say, or Scotty to Capt. Kirk,aye,aye captian.
1 year ago
Last edited at 7:26AM on 7/29/2012
i think it comes from a mainly French Canadian influence on our culture. a lot of French words end in the syllable sounding similar to "eh", so i think it's a direct crossover culture influence. being at the border area between the U.S.A. and Canada....i've noticed that a few Americans also sport that language term of "eh" as well as some Canadians saying "huh" at the end of their sentences. what do you think of my theory ? huh/ eh ?
My guess is that it originated from the French verb "voulez" (pronounced vous les; translation-want to?) and then shortened to the last syllable "ez" prounced "eh." The expression "eh" IS a useful part of linguistics because it induces a response from the listener (verbally, or using body cues). "Eh" is also very catchy; one syllable long and easy for your mouth to enunciate. This could also explain why the use of “eh” is directly proportional to the amount of French influence in the area (Montreal and Quebec where early French colonies).