I have a question for you Senior Moments readers.
Why, whenever our telephone rings, do we answer with the word “Hello?”
I mean I think it is rather weird.
I looked up the word “hello” in my dog-eared American Heritage Dictionary the other day and this is what I found: “Used the greet someone, attract attention or express surprise.”
OK, that’s fine with me.
But what I wonder is how did we adopt that word to use so much.
We “hello” this and we “hello” that.
We run into someone we knew a long, long time ago and the first thing we say is “Hello Bill or Nancy or Fred or Shirley or whatever the persons name is.
What if, just for the sheer fun of it, we just started greeting friends, neighbors and total strangers with something besides other than “hello.”
There are millions of words in dictionaries so why do we stick with hellos?
What if we started using something besides that word?
You run into an acquaintance on a street corner, see.
You haven’t seen each other in eons so of course you smile and say “hello.”
That’s boring if you ask me.
I say we should make come up with some different words in our greetings.
I run into a man I know at a department store, see.
We haven’t seen each other in 6,345 years.
I immediately smile and say “Hello.”
Then he says “Hello to you” and the conversation has begun.
I say let’s come up with other greetings even if they sound a little odd at the beginning.
I say trade the overworked hello for something else.
My suggestions include – but are not limited to – instead of hello let’s say turtle or grandma or ding-dong or pizza or whiz, or doodle bug, or my absolute favorite- alligator.
Bob Batz is a retired long-time journalist, area resident and guest columnist. Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.