We use hello several times a day to greet people or attract attention. But as prevalent as the word is, “hello” is relatively new. 

Hello came into existence in the mid-1800s. It is an alteration of hallo, which was an alteration of holla or hollo. These words were used to attract immediate attention and demand that the listener come to a stop or cease what he or she was doing.  Hallo was used to incite hunting dogs.

Hello gained widespread usage though the increased use of the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell had originally suggested the telephone greeting ahoy. But the greeting that stuck was hello, which may have been suggested by Thomas Edison. Hello-girls were the name for the the central telephone exchange operators.

Hullo is the interjection used in Great Britian. However, hello has become just as common.

A more modern use of the word calls into question the common sense or comprehension of the person being addressed. For example, “You’re actually going to eat that rotten peach?! Hello!”

One might assume that hi is an abbreviation of hello. In fact, the first recorded use of hi as a greeting comes from an 1862 speech given by a Kansas Indian. It is also thought that hi is probably a variant of the Middle English hy.

The upbeat greeting howdy was first recorded as a contraction of “how do you do” in 1632. An earlier version comes from “how do ye.”

Some people swear almost as often as they greet people. What’s the difference between cussing, swearing and cursing?

`My heart is breaking in two. If I didn’t have my children I would want to die’ Distraught mum speaks out about husband’s death.(News) go to website christmas card sayings

South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales) December 14, 2002 Byline: Wendy Horton AFTER waiting 17 years to get married to her childhood sweetheart, Kerry Clark was looking forward to her first Christmas as a doting wife.

But today she is arranging the funeral of her husband of just three months and trying to comfort their three young children.

Dedicated family man Kelvin Clark died on Sunday after being hit by a lorry as he walked home from a Christmas works do.

The 29-year-old was one of three who had separated from friends and colleagues at Bargoed Taxis, where he worked, during a night out in Neath.

His death has left his children – Amy, 11, Luke, eight, and four-year-old Holly – without a father.

The occasion had been a rare treat for Mr Clark, who was still celebrating becoming a taxi driver following a five-year struggle to earn his private hire licence.

The new job helped cement his commitment to Kerry, whom he fell in love with at the age of 12. It meant the couple were finally in a financial position to get married after postponing their wedding three times before.

Mrs Clark, who will mark her 30th birthday next week, told the Echo: “As soon as he got his taxi badge he phoned the vicar.

“The wedding went great – it was the best day of our lives. It’s all we had ever wanted. “Two days before he died, I gave him a Christmas card saying from `your wife’, I had waited years to write it.

“He was such a first-class husband and father. He never cared for himself as long as we were all right.” Just months before the wedding, the thoughtful father even changed his surname from Kidley to that of his wife’s maiden name so as not to disrupt the children, who had been christened Clark. here christmas card sayings

If Mr Clark had not changed his name, marriage laws meant the couple would have had to adopt their own children.

Since his death, Mrs Clark has dressed in her husband’s clothes, worn his aftershave and hugged his pillow in an effort to find some comfort.

“My heart is breaking in two,” she said. “I feel so much pain that if I didn’t have my children I would want to die, I am wishing my life away.” Despite her grief, Mrs Clark calls her husband’s death a freak accident and blames nobody for the tragedy.

Mr Clark’s funeral will be held on Monday, with a service at 2.30pm from his home in Oxford Street, Glyngaer, Gelligaer, before internment at Gelligaer Cemetery.

Floral tributes should be sent to the couple’s home.


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  2. Kyle N. -  December 18, 2011 - 1:53 pm

    “Hi hi” is how you laugh using Morse code. It’s the pre-internet way of saying “LOL.” Amateur radio users will sometimes say “hi hi” as a way of laughing using phone (voice or speech) communication as well, but it’s more common and natural to just give a good chuckle.

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