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OT: telephones; was: numeration

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Thursday, December 16, 2004, 20:49
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From: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>

> On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 12:08:42PM -0500, Ph. D. wrote: >> My area got automatic dialing around 1960. I still remember >> when I was five years old being taught to call my grand- >> parents by picking up the telephone, waiting to hear a >> voice say "Number, please," and then saying "221J".
I remember that, too. And party lines. You'd pick the phone up, and somebody outside your house would be talking to somebody else outside your house. The telephones didn't even have a dial compass.
> What, you couldn't just say "Hey, Sarah, put me through to Grandma" ? > :)
:)) Or put me through to Aunt Bee? I assume you were making an Andy of Mayberry joke. It's always fun to see Andy of Mayberry references (for our non-US friends-- a beloved and extremely funny television series back in the sixties. Sarah was the telephone operator). hee! Sally


Tristan Mc Leay <conlang@...>