Aug. 15, 1877: 'Hello. Can You Hear Me Now?'

It’s hard to believe that the word “hello” entered common discourse so recently, and that an inventor suggested it in a conscious attempt to develop a protocol for using the telephone. (Wired, apparently borrowing heavily from Wikipedia.) Bell’s famous first words spoken over what we now call the telephone — “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.” — were delivered without any greeting at all. When he did…