[Ads-l] mobile for phone

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 23 21:27:32 EST 2017


That would be confusing in the U.K., where “mobile” = ‘cell phone’.

> On Dec 23, 2017, at 8:53 PM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> I'm sure this has been discussed on the list, but last night I had a
> longish chat with a Comcast tech support person, a young woman, about a
> technical problem.  At the end of the chat she asked for my preferred
> mobile number.  I told her I had a land line and gave her the number of
> that.  She continued to refer to my land line as a mobile, and I realized
> that the word "mobile" had replaced the word "phone" to refer to the device
> you talk through.
> 
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