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fafa zulkz
891926.  Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:49 am Reply with quote

hi,
i just wanted to know whether the word 'hello' was created by Alexander Graham Bell?
and it turn out to be that,the first person Graham Bell called was his sister?and surprisingly his sister's name is Hello?

 
Strawberry
891930.  Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:10 pm Reply with quote

Hi; welcome to QI.

It was mentioned in Series 2, Episode 5, that the word hello was invented by Edison. The episode also mentioned that Alexander Graham Bell said Ahoy hoy when he answered the phone.

 
suze
891937.  Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:03 pm Reply with quote

Edison didn't exactly invent the word "Hello" - it already existed, but was not especially common and meant something a bit like "WTF". What Edison did do was cause it into use as a common form of greeting.

Why he did so, nobody knows. It just might be that Edison's "hello" was an unintentional borrowing from Hungarian - see post 427261 for the explanation.

A G Bell had two brothers, Edward and Melville, but no sister.

 
Zebra57
892234.  Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:14 pm Reply with quote

"Ahoy hoy" is used by Mr Burns in the Simpsons.

As "Hello" was a term of surprise, perhaps Edison's initial use of the word was one of surprise, and like many other words evolved into a different meaning.

 

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