why do we say hello whenever we answer calls?

@skbh12 (2946)
Philippines
October 9, 2008 6:42pm CST
[i]have you wondered about this? example your phone rings and you answered it. you:[/i] hello. person on the other line: hello[i], may i speak with _______? whenever we answer our phone, we always say hello in a different tone. right? why is it that this has been a way of answering a phone call? how do you answer your phone when it rings? do you start it with a "hello" or you say something else for your introduction? happy posting and happy mylotting![/i]
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6 responses
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
10 Oct 08
i always say hello. my grandmother never did. she always answered alright. she's the only person i ever knew that answered like that. she never would tell you bye either. when she got through talking she just hung up. she was a mess but a good mess
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
[b]hi there antiquelady!! that is very unusual answering a phone call by saying alright. teehee. but saying no goodbyes and hungs up the phone is not unusual to me. my mom does that. hahaha![/b]
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
10 Oct 08
i can just hear her saying it right now. i thought that was so strange when i ws a kid.
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
grandmothers are really sometimes weird but in a funny way. haha.
@joccylau (85)
• China
10 Oct 08
Well,your question is quite funny.And here is my answer:I say hello because my mom told me to.ha ~Wish you a happy day.
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
haha! i guess i just learned to answer this way is because that is what i normally hear from other people. haha!
@lilaclady (28207)
• Australia
9 Oct 08
Yes I am a hello person, and most people I know answer this way as well, but I do know someone who answers with their name and say its your money speak.....
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
wow. haha! i like it though. saying "it is your money speak". hahah!
@celticeagle (160064)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Oct 08
I have caller ID. So, it depends on who is calling as to how I answer the call. If it is a friend I might have a funny comment like 'how did that go today?' or something along those lines. Hello can get boring after a while and it is fun to mix it up alittle at times.
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
10 Oct 08
yeah. getting creative with answering phone calls huh haha!
@BriNbai (912)
• United States
9 Oct 08
If I see a friends name on my caller id I say, Hello..If its a strange number I usually say ,Yes?..LOL I don't know why but Ive always done that. I don't give many people my number so it's kinda surprising when I see a new number.
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
[b]really? hmmm. another way of answering a phone call.. [/b]
@Sheepie (3112)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Well, if you have caller ID, you can just say the person's name, that's what I do sometimes. I don't think there's anything else to say other than Hello, or Hi.
@skbh12 (2946)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
haha!! well, i can start off with, this is sarah speaking. hahaha!! couldn't think of anything.. yeah it is better to say the persons name when you have a caller id but unfortunately, we don't have one. hahaha!