The first word used to answer the phone
was the nautical greeting 'ahoy' because
the first regular phone system was in the
maritime state of Conecticut. Alaxzender
Grahm bell, the inventer, answered with
the Gaelic 'hoy'. But it was Thomas Edision's
greeting of ' hello' an exclamation of surprise
dating back to the Middle Ages., that caught on,
so we answer the telephone with' Hello'?
Another theory is that after inventing the
telephone, he rang his girl friend whose name
was 'Hello' , thus the first word said by him
on telephone became greeting. Before ' Hello'
became popular, telephone operators started
conversations, " Are you there."?