“Ahoy” was originally a German word. For reasons unknown, it became a standard greeting used by mariners worldwide. After he invented the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell suggested people answer their phones with “ahoy”. This didn’t catch on.
Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/ View all posts by Charles McCain