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Padmanabhan.J
16-10-2012, 07:45 PM
Why do we say "Alo" or "Hello" when we talk on the phone; where does 'Hello' come from?


Hello, with that spelling, was used in publications as early as 1833. These include an 1833 American book called The Sketches and Eccentricities of Col. David Crockett, of West Tennessee, which was reprinted that same year in The London Literary Gazette (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_Gazette).
The word was extensively used in literature by the 1860s


The use of hello as a telephone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone) greeting has been credited to Thomas Edison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Edison); according to one source, he expressed his surprise with a misheard Hullo. Alexander Graham Bell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell) initially used Ahoy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahoy) (as used on ships) as a telephone greeting. However, in 1877, Edison wrote to T.B.A. David, the president of the Central District and Printing Telegraph Company of Pittsburgh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh,_Pennsylvania):