which word did alexander graham bell want adopted as a telephone greeting instead of hello?
Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born[N 3] scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone
Ahoy (/əˈhɔɪ/) ( listen (help. info)) is a signal word used to call to a ship or boat, stemming from the Middle English cry, ‘Hoy!’. … Alexander Graham Bell originally suggested ‘ahoy’ be adopted as the standard greeting when answering a telephone, before ‘hello’ (suggested by Thomas Edison) became common.
Functionally related with “hoy” is a group of similar sounding calls and greetings in the Germanic languages: Middle and Modern English “hey” and “hi”, German and Dutch hei, in Sweden hej, and the Dutch greeting hoi.
In Old Russian “goy” was a standard greeting which is still present in Russian folk fairy tales.
In Czech and Slovak, ‘Ahoj’ (pronounced [ˈaɦoj]) is a commonly used as an informal greeting, comparable to “Hello”. It was borrowed from English and became popular among people engaged in water sports. It gained wide currency by the 1930s
In around 1290 Heinrich von Freiberg used the form ahiu twice in his adaptation of Tristan as a greeting: “ahiu, Parmenois Tristan!”, alongside “ahiu, wie schône sie het sich ûz gefêgetieret”, English: “ahiu, how prettily she has dressed!”. Ahiu has the same meaning as the interjections ahiv, ahiw and hiu, which occur in this text as well. As part of a group of words consisting of ahî, ay and ahei, which express pain, desire and admiration, ahiu can be found before exclamative or optative sentences and in emphatic greetings.
Ahoi, alongside helau and alaaf, is a word used to make a fool of somebody during the Carnival period. After sailors, stevedores and inland fishermen adopted the expression from the coast, it was made popular by the Carnival societies. During the parades, the crews of the Ships of fools greet the people on the roadside with Ahoi!, and they return the same greeting. It was also traditionally used in the former territory of the Palatinate, in Mannheim as “Monnem ahoi” or “Mannem ahoi!” and in Ludwigshafen, but also in bordering areas like northern Baden Altlußheim, as well as in southern Thuringian Wasungen, as “Woesinge ahoi!”. The Carnival society Milka, foundend in 1908 in Upper Swabian Ravensburg, shouts the greeting “Milka – ahoi!”. During the Backfischfest of the fishermen’s guild in Worms, the greeting “ahoi” is employed as well. Also newer Carnival groups, for example one northern German association, and a new group in Cologne, refer to this call.
A recent resurgence in the popularity of the term has resulted from its use by The Simpsons character Montgomery Burns, who often answers the telephone with the greeting of “Ahoy-hoy”. The use of the now-defunct ahoy-hoy, instead of the standard “hello”, is a running joke referring to Mr. Burns’ very advanced age.
Czechoslovak cartoon character Mole also often used the greeting ahoj, popularizing it amongst children in Hungary, Poland, Russia, Belarus, East and West Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Spain, China, Japan, and India from the 1960s to the early 2000s.