Date: Sat, 5 Nov 1994 05:54:30 -0800
From: James Beniger beniger[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RCF.USC.EDU
Subject: Re: Relics
"Hangup" has survived even to computers. It is, for example, the actual
command equivalent of exit, quit, logoff, etc., in Comserv.
-- Jim Beniger
On Wed, 2 Nov 1994, Warren A. Brewer wrote:
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?