Pre-Archaic Industrial Jargon

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at COX.NET
Sat Mar 10 08:20:01 UTC 2012

On 3/10/2012 2:07 AM, W Brewer wrote:

> Anachronyms.  My favorites are telephone expressions. Hang up your phone,
> it is off the hook. Phone is ringing.  I dialed the wrong number. Address
> book. Yellow pages.

Add "busy signal", "dial tone" "on the line", "I'll ring your party".

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