The twelfth annual “Rodent Rodeo” was about to get underway. Over fifty contestants had trained and prepared for the grand event, and they were all assembled in the arena for the day’s contests. Cricket cowboys rode bucking rats until the timers went off. The mouse roping events, always an impressive sight, were won by last year’s champion, a beetle named Chuck. The Beaver riding exhibition, dangerous as always, was completed, and the only injury was to the rodeo clown, who was bruised by a swing of the great beast’s tail.
But the events that drew the largest crowd were the fly races. These were sponsored every year by a beer company, and a large crowd lined the race course. The flies were on the starting mark, and after the signal was given, they were off. Amid shouts of “hie, fly” from coaches and fans, the flies buzzed around the arena.
But then, just before the flies reached the halfway point, tragedy struck. Somehow, through the security gates, past the arena fencing, and over the tiny bleachers, two frogs hopped onto the scene. With a few quick snaps of their deadly tongues, the contest was over, and the athletes consumed. Panic erupted in the arena, and several small insects were trampled by spectators fleeing the scene.
hie ( HIGH ) verb. Rhymes with “fly”. It means, to go quickly, or hasten. Now you’ll all start saying “hie, fly” instead of that cliche “shoo fly” nonsense, won’t you? Of course you will.
"Hie" started its existence in Old English, from "hgian," which meant "to strive, exert oneself." From there, it graduated to Middle English, "hien," which meant the same as it does today. And now you know the rest of the story.