The other day, in a chat room, I was greeted with:
I'm a nice person so I greeted back with:
But then I got a reply:
No! I'm not a Ho!
I thought Ho is an interjection similar to Hey, Hello and Ahoy. But a Ho seems to indicate it is a noun? So I searched this word in a dict and found that Ho also means practitioners of an ancient profession.
I was wondering if I used the word incorrectly. But I can indeed find examples of greetings with Ho:
There is also a Reddit discussion. The comments seem to indicate its usage is uncommon but valid.
My question is: Is it proper to greet someone with Ho in everyday speech? If so, on which occasions? If not, does Ho-Ho or Ho-Ho-Ho sound better?