young boy waves hi to pretend strangers on walk


‘Hi hi good morning’ is the purest TikTok audio of 2020

A toddler's greeting gave pets on TikTok the spotlight.


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Dec 18, 2020   Updated Dec 18, 2020, 3:37 pm CST

In a year when waking up meant immediately assessing yourself for signs of a deadly virus, the “Hi hi good morning” TikTok audio has been employed in creative ways.

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Back in early April, Toby Marriott posted a video to Twitter of his nephew, Ralph, doing his cute daily routine of greeting people he passes. “Hi, hi. Good morning,” he says, though no one is around.

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As detailed by Know Your Meme, that greeting quickly spread to TikTok after a boost from meme account Kale Salad. Naturally, it was largely applied to pets doing some of their best “wake up” work.
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As well as some great dog-statue work.

And bees!

And… Miatas?

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Of course, it’s also been applied to adorable babies and romantic relationships. But its versatility is in how the audio can be used to menacing effect as well.

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*First Published: Dec 18, 2020, 3:36 pm CST