"Say! Wassup!" - Please, can anybody explain to me what the word "say" means here? Is it literally "say" as an action or may it be a kind of "hey+say" in one word? Thanks in advance.
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"Say!" is a greeting before "what is up". It is essentially expressing a request for the listener to speak to the speaker. It is used very informally in situations, for example, where the speaker just walked into a room and wants to greet someone. The entire phrase is essentially "talk to me.....what is going on?" in a friendly situation.
The usage of say here is to gain somebody's attention before speaking or asking a question. Here is what Wiktionary says
Adverb say (not comparable)
(colloquial) Used to gain one's attention before making an inquiry or suggestion
Say, what did you think about the movie?
For example; let us assume.
Pick a color you think they'd like, say, peach.
He was driving pretty fast, say, fifty miles per hour.
Synonyms (used to gain attention): hey