Is it just me or ...

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jul 7 17:28:24 UTC 2006

Brenda Lester says:


  What about the phone menus that instruct you to "dial" an extension?


What about them? As far as I'm concerned, that verb long ago lost any
connection with rotary phones, clocks, sundials, or Latin "dialis" 'day
(adjective)' < "dies" 'day'. What would you prefer? "Enter"? "Key" as
in "keypad"?

-- Mark (qui marque son numéro en français)
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

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