Howdy . . . I said this as a greeting to an associate from London and it got me thinking.
I love finding out about words and origins of such. If I had to guess I would expect is a uniquely American word.
I would also venture to postulate that ‘howdy’ is a condensed version of ‘How do you do’.
A little research shows that I’m right on the money.
Segue . . . ‘on the money’ is an archery term. In the olden days during competitions a coin was set at the middle of the target and the archer whose arrow lands the closest to the coin would take the coin as the prize.
Anyhoo . . . howdy originates in the American south. It is a contraction for ‘how do ye’ which is an earlier form of ‘how do you do’.
Howdy used now interchangeably with ‘hello’ . . . as opposed to an inquiry as to one’s health.
So there ya have it!