Thursday, January 10, 2008



apparently, 'hello' is a newish word. and it's got me all pondery about what people have said to greet each other throughout the history of the english language. would be neat to plot out different greetings, showing when each came into usage and how long it lasted in common usage...

from a word blog:

The earliest known appearance of the word HELLO in print is in a letter written by Thomas Edison dated August 15, 1877. In the letter, addressed to T. B. A. David, president of Central District and Printing Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, Edison suggested that the word should be used to answer the telephone. HELLO is an alteration of the much older word HOLLO.

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