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Heaven-o Kingsville

The town of Kingsville, Texas, is doing its bit in the battle against the powers of evil by banning the word "hello", which contains the word "hell":
"When you go to school and church, they tell you 'hell' is negative and 'heaven' is positive,'" said the 56-year-old Canales, who owns the Kingsville Flea Market. "I think it's time that we set a new precedent, to tell our kids that we are positive adults."
On Thursday, courthouse employees were answering the phones, "heaven-o." And the chamber of commerce was working on a campaign promoting Kingsville, a Rio Grande Valley town of 25,000, as a "heavenly" place to visit.
Canales, a Catholic but not a regular churchgoer, has been as serious as heck about "hello" since 1988, when he told his brother he might start greeting people with "God-o." His brother suggested "heaven-o" instead.
Pointing out that the word "hello" has no etymological connection with the word "hell" (the OED says that it stems from an old German greeting for hailing a boat) is, as one might expect, of little avail to the sort of mediæval mindset that finds omens and portents in things.

There are 2 comments on "Heaven-o Kingsville":

Posted by: mark Fri Jun 12 10:29:28 2009

Seems a bit unlikely that the entire town would get behind saying "Heaven-o" all the time. I'm suspecting a couple of True Believers came up with a nutty idea, and everyone else got behind it, smelling a tourism hook ...

Posted by: acb Fri Jun 12 15:14:02 2009

Then again, it is rural Texas, where they take religion and the war against Satan seriously.