Richard H. Ryder, 2018
Albert G. Mackey, in The Lexicon of Freemasonry, defines Hail and Hale, together. Hail, from the Saxon word “hael”, refers to an inquiry, such as, “Whence do you hail?”, which may be used to ask from what lodge you are a member. Hale, however, is more typically used within the lodge room and means to conceal. It is derived from the Saxon word “helan”, to hide.