#EngKnowledge: The story of “hello”

Adele in a music video for her newest hit,
Adele in a music video for her newest hit, “Hello”.

Do you know Adele’s Hello? Do you like the song? Quick fact about the song: “Hello” becomes the first song ever to break the 1 million download on the Billboard charts.

Well, let’s talk about the word “hello”. Probably the most popular word in the world! We always use it to call or pick up the phone, just like Adele does, right?

Even though Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, but it was Thomas Alfa Edison who made the use of “hello” popular. Bell proposed using “ahoy” as the standard greeting for a phone call. Hmmm… Will you use it? Probably…not. Yes, Edison is the reason “hello” is the standard telephone greeting, but he wasn’t the one invented it.

“Hello”, with that spelling, was used in publications as early as 1833. The word was extensively used in literature in 1860s.

“Hello” is so popular that there’s an annual celebration of “World Hello Day” on November 21st! The aim of World Hello Day is to say “hello” to at least ten people. It was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in 1973. The day is now observed by people in more than 180 countries worldwide!

Adele’s Hello is obviously not the first song using “Hello” as the title. There were other popular songs. Lionel Richie’s “Hello”, released in 1984, is definitely one of the most memorable ones. The Beatles released “Hello, Goodbye” in 1967 and was commercially successful around the world.


Compiled and written by @FaridArdian for @EnglishTips4u on Wednesday, November 4, 2015


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