Hello, Hello, Hello

27 de setembre de 2016

Hello and welcome to the CIM’s (Centro de Idiomas Modernos, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) blog. What better way to start off the blog than with a “Hello”. “Hello” is a standard way to greet people, but it hasn’t always been used that way.

The Oxford English Dictionary says the first published use of “hello” goes back only to 1827. Then it was used to attract attention or show surprise. For example, if you were walking along the street and somebody tried to attack you, you may have screamed “Hello”. Imagine saying

“Hello” to your attacker nowadays! That would really cause confusion! It was Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb among other things, who was the first to encourage people to say “Hello” when answering the phone and that’s when it started to become a greeting.

Many of the words we use today had a different meaning in the 14 century. For example, “pretty” used to mean “cunning” in Old English and “naughty” to mean “evil”. But don’t despair, meanings don’t change overnight. They change very gradually over time. So, the words you have learned today will still be here and mean the same for a long time, fingers crossed!

So, “wilcumian” as they said in Old English, to the blog!

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Rosa Mestre3 de novembre de 2016 a les 22:43

Curious anecdote of the word: “hello”. It will surely have changed the use and meaning of many words.

You’re lucky, Patricia!

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Núria29 de novembre de 2016 a les 08:21

“Wilcumian” from a language student! Very nice idea! Congrats for the effort to mae possile this blog, it makes students to read and improve their english vocabulary. Thanks!

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    Patricia Benson29 de novembre de 2016 a les 13:04

    Great to hear you like it. I hope you enjoy the other entries in the blog too!

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