In terms of greetings, "hello" is the most commonly used word in the English language. What do you say when you answer the phone? Hello. What do you say when you meet someone new? Hello. What is often used on a greeting card? Hello.
A Bit of 'Hello' History...
Surprisingly enough this form of greeting has only been around since 1827 when it was first published in the Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary states it was Thomas Edison who put "hello" into common usage. Edison urged the people who used his phone to say "hello" when answering. His rival, Alexander Graham Bell, thought the better word was "ahoy" since it had been in existence as a greeting at least 100 years longer than its counterpart.
With that being said, let's celebrate with the modern greeting. The 20th century took the 'hello' to an all new level making it nonverbal e-this and e-that providing the capability of sending greetings via the Internet just to say 'hi', wish a happy birthday, send get well wishes, express feelings of love, offer holiday greetings and so much more.
November 29 is...
Electronic Greetings Day
The greeting can be robotic, making the point so to speak...
OR a special kind of sharing rising to its peak.
It can express love that touches the funny bone...
Or be a message of a more serious tone.
Perhaps someone is feeling under the weather...
Or needing encouragement for things to get better...
Maybe you need to send a simple message that's sweet...
Let the little e-birdies sing Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!
To celebrate today, I'm happy to provide
A message to make you smile inside!
Now, it is your turn to make someone's day,
stop what you are doing & send greetings right away!
Send them to family, maybe a bunch of friends
Perhaps there is someone with whom to make amends.
E-cards need no stamp, this you can bet
Just click send right over the Internet!
Also on this day's Calendar... Do-si-do: Square Dancing Day!