..and you know what sailors are. A ho in every port. The traditional “Yo, ho ho” signifies the sighting of two ho’s. This cry often has the addition “and a bottle of rum” whose meaning is clear. Matrimonial or relationship problems are resolved by chanting “Heave ho” three times, which is considered as final and formal separation. I think that the term “ahoy” may reflect a provincial accent. Many sailors eventually run out of ho’s and join the “single handed” fraternity. I have often reflected on Santa Claus’ repeated “ho, ho, ho” which makes me think he may well have had a nautical background.