Date: Wed, 2 Nov 1994 11:17:41 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
My favorite "relic" is telephone terminology. We still say, "Your
phone's off the hook," "Hang up and redial." I've never even seen
an old-fashioned telephone where the receiver had to be hung up on a
hook, except on tv or in movies. Haven't used a dial since I can't
remember when. Suppose this is semantic shift with loss of original
Cf. to ship goods by plane/truck/train, as well as by boat still.
To (set) sail -- ? affix sails on a boat?