you ever think about how weird it is that the word "hello" as a greeting is only like 200 years old and before then it was like exclusively an expression of surprise

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also everyone should constantly be lamenting that we live in a world where thomas edison got his way and we say "hello" when picking up the phone instead of alexander graham bell's suggestion, which was that we answer the phone by saying "ahoy"

@witchfynder_finder i've been thinking about it both because i've been reading some 19th century literature (the importance of being earnest) and because i was thinking about how in japanese they still have separate greetings for the phone and in person (ใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚‚ใ— vs ใ“ใ‚“ใซใกใ‚) whereas in english we basically just say "hello" for everything

@prophet_goddess I think I read somewhere that "hello" became a greeting because of the phone, which is really funny to me, like imagine someone answering the phone and just kinda shouting for a second because they're startled

@witchfynder_finder yeah that was literally it, alexander graham bell wanted it to be "ahoy" but the legend has it that thomas edison picked up the phone and was surprised that it worked so he said "hullo!"

@prophet_goddess I don't say "hello" or "ahoy". Instead, I say "meat department"

@prophet_goddess @witchfynder_finder this led me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole wherein I discovered that, of course, there is an edit war going on over who really invented the telephone. Lots of passive-aggressive [citation needed], plus walls of text on the talk page. Oh, Wikipedia.

@prophet_goddess oh, thank you, I am just going to use ahoy now! what a nice one.

Ahoy, @prophet_goddess , what's stopping us from making it the official greeting on the internet?

What with all the pirates and such.

@prophet_goddess hello > hewwo > owo

and it's back to an expression of surprise

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