Significant numbers

Scot LaFaive spiderrmonkey at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 17 14:07:24 UTC 2006

The "900" would be referring to the 1-900 phonelines that offer conversation with moaning women for only $10.95 a minute.

> Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 14:10:37 +0100> From: neil at TYPOG.CO.UK> Subject: Significant numbers> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> > ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>> Poster:       neil <neil at TYPOG.CO.UK>> Subject:      Significant numbers> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------> > This side of the pond I'm wall aware that nine-eleven was a tragic date for> the US.> > I'm also aware, through cop shows and detective fiction, that your> equivalent to our 999 when summoning help is nine-one-one.> > So I was surprised to read the following:> > "The government boys play for blood since nine-one-one."> --Loren D. Estleman, 'Nicotine Kiss', A Forge Book/Tom Doherty Associates,> NY, 2006, 20> > "But there's a lot of bad feeling in this country towards Arabs in general> since nine-one-one..."> --Ibid, 208> > Is this an isolated alternative vocalisation?> > > By the by, I may know 911 -- but not 900. Can anyone enlighten me?> > 'Lieutenant Mary Ann Thaler doesn't sound half as sexy as she looks, and the> way she sounds turns 911 into 900.'> --Ibid, 27> > --Neil Crawford> > ------------------------------------------------------------> The American Dialect Society -
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