Posted by Bob on December 05, 1999

In Reply to: AHOY (AHOJ) posted by Bruce Kahl on December 05, 1999

: : Origin of AHOY (Sailor Greeting); and how it became a very widely used greeting by the land locked Czechs ? (AHOJ)

: Miriam Webster:

: Main Entry: hoy
: Pronunciation: 'hoi
: Function: interjection
: Etymology: Middle English
: Date: 14th century
: -- used in attracting attention or in driving animals

Alexander Graham Bell suggested Ahoy as a greeting for his new invention, the telephone. (It didn't stick. The last remaining person to use it is Monty Burns, on The Simpsons.)