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‘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

Posted on Dec 18, 2020   Updated on 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.

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.

https://twitter.com/tobymarriott/status/1246061924984344577

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.

https://www.tiktok.com/@kenzo.kim/video/6884979835622395138

As well as some great dog-statue work.

And bees!

And… Miatas?

https://www.tiktok.com/@p.ssssssst/video/6891368956997684481

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.

https://www.tiktok.com/@sabinacrij/video/6887148997442604289
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*First Published: Dec 18, 2020, 3:36 pm CST