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How did the custom of saying start ‘hello’ on the phone

The first word we say when we pick up a phone call is ‘hello’. Only after saying hello does another conversation begin with the caller. The custom of saying hello on the phone at the beginning is not only in our country, but all over the world.

How and when did the practice of saying hello on the phone start? Many may want to know this.

The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. On March 10, 1876, he invented the telephone and obtained a patent. As soon as he invented the telephone, he first sent a message to his friend Watson, ‘Mr. Watson, come here, I need you.’


After the invention of the telephone, when people started using it, the first thing people said was, Are you there? Are you listening to me The reason for saying that sentence was to know if his voice had reached the person he was talking to on the phone.

Once Thomas Edison heard the word Ahoy mistakenly. Then in 1877 he proposed to say hello.

To pass the resolution, Thomas wrote a letter to TBA Smith, chairman of Pittsburgh’s Central District and Printing Telegraph Company, saying the first word on the telephone was ‘hello.’ Then he said hello on his first phone call.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word hello comes from the old German word ‘hello’ or ‘hollow’. The word may be derived from the Old French or German word hola. ‘Hola’ means ‘how is it?’

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