ultrafacts:Amongst Mr Burns’ many peculiarities, one of his…


Amongst Mr Burns’ many peculiarities, one of his most well-known quirks is his weird greeting whenever he answers the phone. Instead of the usual ‘hello’ or ‘who the hell is this?’, Mr Burns always uses ‘ahoy hoy’ as an opening greeting. This odd little greeting actually carries some interesting history behind it.

Alexander Graham Bell recommended that ‘ahoy hoy’ should be the greeting in which people should use when answering a call. Thomas Edison later proposed ‘hello’ as a better alternative. You can guess which one stuck and which one didn’t.


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