Web Design Course Notes
So far, we have two sections.
1. Principles of
2. A 9-step Web Design
The word "hello"
in its current usage is quite recent. Let's
it up in Webster's Dictionary 1913 edition,
"(Hel*lo") interj. & n. See Halloo."
That's the entire entry. OK, let's See
Halloo, as recommended.
"Halloo (Hal*loo") n. [Perh. fr. ah
+ lo; cf. AS. eala, G. halloh, F. haler
to set (a dog) on. Cf. Hollo, interj.] A
loud exclamation; a call to invite attention
or to incite a person or an animal; a shout.
List! List! I hear Some far off halloo break
the silent air. Milton."
So where does its current usage come from?
The word has its origin in technological change.
Early telephone companies required a greeting
that was not time-sensitive, so that operators
would not inappropriately say "Good Morning"
to someone in another time zone, for whom
it was afternoon. The lore has it that a competition
was held, and "hello" won. It gained
a certain modern feel, and became the popular
greeting of the hip young telephone-conversationalists.
Now, of course, we use it all the time.
This new technology of the net has not required
of us that we create a new greeting, however.
People tend to use "hello" or "hi"
like a phone, or if unused to the infomality
that the net's instantaneous nature engenders,
"Dear so-and-so", like a letter.
In this way, we see that the Net is merely
another form of instantaneous/asynchronous
communication. It's been said that everything
that's happening now with this network is
a mere shadow of what happened with the introduction
of the Telegraph. Nonetheless.
In every other sphere, we're pretending that
the net is the biggest revolution since the
printing press, or fire, or whatever. So in
order to maintain that fiction, let us seize
up a new greeting for our new technology.
I nominate "good hello".
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