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What does "holla at your girl" mean exactly? and what is the difference between that and "holla at your boy"? Does it depend on the gender of the speaker? Also, how is "holla" pronounced?

It was used at the end of an email by a co-worker (female) which was sent to the team saying "Any questions, holla at your girl."

Any help would be much appreciated.

  • Do you mean holler? Hola is "hello" in some languages. Do you have a reference for this? – Peter May 21 '17 at 23:59
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    Do any of the people involved like rap music, or use other features of American black slang? – Jasper May 22 '17 at 0:59
  • Not sure. They are Australian actually :) – Maryam May 22 '17 at 1:44
  • @Maryam, the context you provided in comments really makes a difference - please consider making an edit to incorporate that information into the question. Thanks! – Toby Speight May 22 '17 at 9:59
  • It simply means "call me" In this instance, "call your girl", (your friend) – Deitra Walkley Macey Aug 28 '17 at 12:37
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holla

is being used in place of holler, just as

holla -> holler
wanna -> want to
gonna -> going to

A common express is

just give me a holler

meaning

contact me

usually (implicitly meaning) with some question

In your example, she is calling herself

your girl

in an informal, slangy sort of way.

  • There is a duet song Holla, Holla by Akon and T-Pain. In this song, there is a sentence repeatedly comes, Let me holla at you girl. So would that mean let me call you my girl? – user24715 May 22 '17 at 7:29
  • I think you're basically right, but the comparison with wanna and gonna is flawed, as this isn't a contraction of two words (with elision) in the same way. It's just phonetically marking the non-rhotic r, and so more similar to spellings such as rockin' or huntin' an' fishin'. – Toby Speight May 22 '17 at 10:02
  • @AJ No, it means 'Can I call you sometime' which indirectly probably means 'Can we hook up sometime'. – Summer May 22 '17 at 12:07
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In this context, "holla" is pronounced like the word "hall", followed by "uh". The emphasis is on the first syllable. "Holla" rhymes with "impala".

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    They do not rhyme for everybody... I do not pronounce the [ɑː] of [ɪmˈpɑːlə] in hall or holla. – oerkelens May 22 '17 at 8:40
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    That's three different vowels here: /hɒlə/, /hɔːl/, and /ɪmˈpɑːlə/. – Toby Speight May 22 '17 at 10:05
  • @oerkelens There's no vowels left if you don't pronounce the a in hall...? – Summer May 22 '17 at 12:10
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    @JaneDoe1337 I didn't say I did not pronounce the a in hall, but I certainly do not pronounce it as /ɑː/. – oerkelens May 22 '17 at 13:34
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    Personally I'd say holla rhymes with impala, but I've heard "impala" pronounced two different ways. Maybe a less ambiguous rhyming word is koala. – cjl750 Jun 26 '17 at 4:32

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