TIL That when people first started using the telephone they would often yell into the wrong part, and when they did get on the phone, they had to figure out what to say to start a conversation: “Ahoy” was Alexander Graham Bell’s preferred option.

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  1. Prior to the phone you would almost never have to greet someone without already knowing who you’re talking to. Bell’s thought was that this happened frequently on the ocean, and the nautical term is “Ahoy!” As in when you’re approaching a boat and don’t yet know who you’re talking to on board.
    I kinda like it better

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