Believe it or not, picking up the phone and saying ALLO we repeat the English word "Hello", which means HELLO.
The first written use of hello through a letter occurs in a letter from Thomas Edison to the president of the Pittsburgh Telegraph Company, where the famous inventor argues that the best word for a telephone greeting is "hello" because it is heard "ten or even twenty feet away."
Edison made his discovery while testing a prototype of Alexander Graham Bell's telephone. Bell himself preferred a more nautical version: "Ahoy, hoy!", Something like "Hey, on deck!"
Edison shouted hello all the time while working on improvements to Bell's project at Menlow Park Labs. into the handsets. Edison's habit was gradually adopted, first by all his colleagues, and then by telephone operators. Before Edisonov, "hello" telephonists used the phrases "Are you there?", "Who are you?" or "Are you ready to talk?" ("Are you listening?", "Who are you?" Or "Are you ready to talk?").
When the word “hello” became the standard, young operators were nicknamed “hello girls”.
The hullo variant was used in those days solely to express surprise. Charles Dickens uses the word "hullo" in this sense in his novel Oliver Twist (1839): in the scene where Oliver first meets the Artful Dodger Dawkins, who greets him with the phrase: "Hullo, tu covey! What’s the row? " (Hey boy, what's the trouble?)
"Halloo" ("Atu!", "Hey!") Was used when it was necessary to set the dogs or call the ferryman. By the way, this word was also considered one of the favorites in the lexicon of Edison. When he first discovered how to record sound (July 18, 1877), the word that the inventor shouted into a typewriter (tape phonograph) was "Halloo".
“I did an experiment, first on a strip of telegraph paper, and found that the tip was writing the alphabet. I shouted “Halloo! Halloo! ”Ran the paper tape back through the steel tip and heard a faint“ Halloo! Halloo! “. Then I decided to make a machine that would work accurately and accurately, and gave instructions to my assistants, telling what I discovered. "
The earliest officially registered delegate badge with the words "Hello, my name is ..." refers to the first telephone operator convention held in Niagara Falls in 1880.