"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you", Alexander Graham Bell


"Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you." The First intelligible words spoken over the telephone (10 March 1876), as recorded in Bell's Journal entry (10 March 1876). These are often misquoted as "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." Watson later recounted that Bell had spilled battery acid and had called for him over the phone with these words, but this may have been in a separate incident.

Was the first sentence ever spoken on the telephone also the first rude, or maybe even the first condescending, sentence ever spoken on the telephone? Was "I want to see you" added later to soften his words? Maybe a little "please", or maybe a "please with sugar coated on top", would have been better? You be the judge. It was a different world back then, with different social values.

Well, what are you doing on this page anyway? You're not supposed to be here, but we're happy to see you. Thanks for your visit.