Strange History Of Everyday Greetings & Phrases

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 3 years ago Weird

Hello? Don"t you know who I am?
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Male 3,631
This one`s actually better: what $5 buys you around the world.
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Male 3,842
I would guess, by the way, that "Hello" is related to "Hail!" as a greeting
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Male 3,842
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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Male 91
Etymology is fun!
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Male 37,888

@ carmium How Do You Do
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Male 13,624
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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Female 6,381
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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Female 8,044
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