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That Time Saying 'Ahoy hoy' was the Preferred Way to Answer the Phone

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The very brief popularity of this telephone greeting stemmed from the fact the “ahoy-hoy” was Alexander Graham Bell’s preferred way to answer the phone. Ahoy-hoy derives from the term “ahoy”, which is generally associated with being a nautical term used for hailing ships. However, there is also significant evidence that it was popularly used as a way to more or less say “hello” in non-nautical situations. Further, “hoy” was commonly used as far back as the 14th century as a call to use while driving cattle. This precedes the first known instance of it being used in the nautical sense, attached with a leading ‘a’ sound (“a-hoy”).

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http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2027/whats-the-origin-of-ahoy
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ahoy-hoy
http://books.google.com/books?id=RZsOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA144&dq=hello&lr=lang_en&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1400&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1838&num=100&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahoy_%28greeting%29
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ahoy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_the_telephone#Telephone_Pioneers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Alva_Edison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xXSw07zrio
http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdbell.htm
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=hello

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