11-03-2012, 06:16 PM
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It is the word, "Hello."

Stop and think about it. Everyone has caller ID these days. The only reason to answer a phone that way is out of habit, not out of need. As time goes on and one decade goes into the next I see us simply addressing the person on the phone by name instead of this ritual we engage in out of reflex:

"Hello."

"Hi Jim, this is Henry."

"Oh hi Henry, how ARE you?"

Etc, etc.

Your thoughts?

Better yet, what might be ANOTHER word destined for extinction?

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 11-03-2012, 06:24 PM
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i still use an older touch-tone phone that does not have caller ID, and i do not plan on getting one, so i guess the word will live on until i pass. Hee hee. My twelve-year-old son has had to develop the habit also.
i actually do not see it dying out as when you meet someone for the first time, i almost always hear folks say it to each other.

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 11-03-2012, 06:52 PM
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  • OldDog23
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have your machine call my machine, and they'll schedule a meeting for us to talk. Smile !! I wish my phone could tell Rachel from cardholder services to not call here anymore. Would save me the trouble. A word not likely to fade anytime soon, is: *#+@#*^'* !!!

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 11-03-2012, 06:55 PM
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Steven, i am sorry, but i couldn't make out your last word. Hee hee.

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 11-03-2012, 07:12 PM
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  • freddy
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I will answer the phone with Hello or sometimes with the time of day, such as, "Good Evening", for example, which suggests the word Hello.

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 11-03-2012, 08:14 PM
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  • J_fro
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Oh no! I am contributing to the extinction of the word. hehe I forsake a land line and answer my phone "Ahoy hoy!"

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 11-04-2012, 07:17 AM
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I answer the phone as I was brought up to answer it; "This is <$LASTNAME>, please go ahead." - unless the caller ID says it's my Better Half off course Smile

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 11-04-2012, 10:36 AM
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  • Howler
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Call me old fashion, I think it respectful to say hello, or similar greeting.
Plus I think it is simply polite to say hello.

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 11-04-2012, 11:06 AM
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But it's used sarcastically so often.

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 11-04-2012, 11:29 AM
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  • freddy
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Just because it may be used sarcastically at times is no reason to stop using it correctly and politely.

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 11-04-2012, 11:46 AM
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(11-04-2012, 11:29 AM)freddy Wrote: Just because it may be used sarcastically at times is no reason to stop using it correctly and politely.

I was referring to the extinction argument. Unless extinction means ceasing to use the word correctly.

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 11-04-2012, 01:22 PM
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  • freddy
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(11-04-2012, 11:46 AM)asharperrazor Wrote:
(11-04-2012, 11:29 AM)freddy Wrote: Just because it may be used sarcastically at times is no reason to stop using it correctly and politely.

I was referring to the extinction argument. Unless extinction means ceasing to use the word correctly.

I guess I was taking it as a little bit of both, Lee. For example, the word "awesome" has become so banal that, at best, in most cases it just means "good". The word, in its formal form, seems to have become extinct: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear : the awesome power of the atomic bomb.

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 11-04-2012, 05:17 PM
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Freddy, i still see the word "awesome" used in that way.

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 11-05-2012, 02:03 PM
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(11-03-2012, 08:14 PM)J_fro Wrote: Oh no! I am contributing to the extinction of the word. hehe I forsake a land line and answer my phone "Ahoy hoy!"

OMG ..... so do I. I also start any IM session with Ahoy hoy as well.

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 11-05-2012, 04:52 PM
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(11-05-2012, 02:03 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(11-03-2012, 08:14 PM)J_fro Wrote: Oh no! I am contributing to the extinction of the word. hehe I forsake a land line and answer my phone "Ahoy hoy!"

OMG ..... so do I. I also start any IM session with Ahoy hoy as well.

TWINSIES! Haha, weird though.

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 11-05-2012, 04:58 PM
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  • Arcadies
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I still answer with "Hello" if it's someone I do not know. If I do know them it varies depending on the person. I usually answer my sister's phone calls with "WHAT?" much to her annoyance, she usually wants something when she calls so I just cut to the chase.Tongue

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