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Date: 04/27/13 02:48 PM

8 Responses to Strange History Of Everyday Greetings & Phrases

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    April 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    Link: Strange History Of Everyday Greetings & Phrases - Hello? Don`t you know who I am?
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    April 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    I find it hard to believe that one could nail down the first use of "do you know who I am?"
    I`d like to know why we say "How do you do?" and why the question is never answered.
    "Mike, this is John.
    "Howyado."
    "Howjadoo."
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    Hello is a expression of surprise
    as in `Hello what is this?`

    As described very well by Mr Fry from QI


    QI - HELLO
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    @ carmium How Do You Do
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    Baphxiii Male 40-49
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    April 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm
    Etymology is fun!
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    Alexander Graham Bell didn`t say "Ahoy" - he wanted people to answer their telephone with the greeting "Hoy hoy!"

    Also, saying "Hello" comes from the old German "Hallo" tells us absolutely nothing about what the word is supposed to mean.

    And I agree that the story told here in no way is the first use of the phrase "Do you know who I am"
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    April 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    I would guess, by the way, that "Hello" is related to "Hail!" as a greeting
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    April 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm
    This one`s actually better: what $5 buys you around the world.

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