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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    I once rang Directory Enquirys to get the phone number of somebody who lives in a village about twenty miles away from my home that I have visited several times, the Directory Enquirys man who answered the phone who had an almost unintelligible Indian accent told me the place where the person I needed to contact lives didn't exist, and when I asked him where he was speaking from he replied "Bangalore"
    For the un-initiated ...

    "Directory Enquiries" is the same as "Directory Assistance", and if you are young, the Directory was a book with names and corresponding telephone numbers that you could look up.

    And if someone "rang" someone, it means they called them up on the telephone.

    Hope the translation services assist you
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    For the un-initiated ...

    "Directory Enquiries" is the same as "Directory Assistance", and if you are young, the Directory was a book with names and corresponding telephone numbers that you could look up.

    And if someone "rang" someone, it means they called them up on the telephone.

    Hope the translation services assist you
    Thanks Matt, who said we speak the same language ?, I once found to my cost when I was in the military that to "knock someone up" means something completely different in North America
    I actually have an American daughter in law, and some of the misunderstandings my wife and I have with her about language are hilarious.
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    The differences between the UK and the US/Canada are not really any worse than the regional variations within the US itself. I had a friend who was from New York City (the Bronx I believe). When he was a little kid, his family took a vacation trip to Maine. He went in a store in a small town and bought a bottle of Coke and some potato chips. The clerk put the chips in a paper bag, then turned to him and said "would you like your pop in the sack?". For a moment he thought she was inquiring if he was into father/son incest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    For the un-initiated ...

    "Directory Enquiries" is the same as "Directory Assistance", and if you are young, the Directory was a book with names and corresponding telephone numbers that you could look up.

    And if someone "rang" someone, it means they called them up on the telephone.

    Hope the translation services assist you
    Further to this excellent definition, the telephone had a "keypad" with which to enter the numbers,

    before which there was a "dial" which you rotated with your index finger for entering the numbers,

    before which you could pick up the phone, and if there wasn't another "party" on the line, you could ask the "operator" to connect something like, "REGENT 3-7833"...

    before which a phone was a microwave oven-sized box with a handle on its side which for some unknown (to me) reason you would crank several times and ask "Sue-Ellen" to get you "Hank" on the "line", all whilst holding something that looked like a draft glass to your ear and speaking into a funnel on the front of the phone.

    Note: for 99% of this history, photographers used something called "film" in their cameras... and they liked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    ......with a handle on its side which for some unknown (to me) reason you would crank several times and ask "Sue-Ellen" to get you "Hank" on the "line".....
    I believe the cranking rang the bell or lit a light at "Sue Ellen's" end so she would "see" or "hear" you and connect to your hole on the board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    I believe the cranking rang the bell or lit a light at "Sue Ellen's" end so she would "see" or "hear" you and connect to your hole on the board.
    Thanks, Rich... that is pretty much as I guessed.

    And Sue-Ellen listened to every word you said... thereby keeping the whole community up to date.

    I might add that before this, some guy with a beard spoke into a petri dish filled with charcoal saying, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you."
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    Um, most of them still have keypads. At least phones other than mobile smartphones do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
    Um, most of them still have keypads. At least phones other than mobile smartphones do.
    Thanks, Roger.
    I stand corrected... I was speaking mainly for the benefit of modern folks, to whom Sue-Ellen is known as "Siri"...

    and we have come full circle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    Thanks, Roger.
    I stand corrected... I was speaking mainly for the benefit of modern folks, to whom Sue-Ellen is known as "Siri"...

    and we have come full circle.
    It's easy enough to have a smartphone and think the world uses them. But I'm sitting beside my cordless home phone (albeit connected to a Vonage provided VoIP port on my home router) with a keypad, and my office desk at work has a keypad on the Cisco VoIP phone that lives there.

    I swear when I build out my basement I'm going to finish it like it walked out of the 60s, rotary dial phones and all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    Further to this excellent definition, the telephone had a "keypad" with which to enter the numbers,

    before which there was a "dial" which you rotated with your index finger for entering the numbers,

    before which you could pick up the phone, and if there wasn't another "party" on the line, you could ask the "operator" to connect something like, "REGENT 3-7833"...

    before which a phone was a microwave oven-sized box with a handle on its side which for some unknown (to me) reason you would crank several times and ask "Sue-Ellen" to get you "Hank" on the "line", all whilst holding something that looked like a draft glass to your ear and speaking into a funnel on the front of the phone.

    Note: for 99% of this history, photographers used something called "film" in their cameras... and they liked it.
    It's before my time but I think cranking the handle generated electricity to signify to the operator on the switchboard you wanted a line to call somebody, when the operator answered you asked them to connect you with the required number.
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