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Re: Get on the Horn

Posted by R. Berg on May 22, 2001

In Reply to: Get on the Horn posted by Adrienne on May 21, 2001

: Usually used when people want to call someone on the phone. Wondering if anyone had any idea about its origin.

The horn is the phone. For example, people also say "I'm on the horn" during a call. I'm guessing that this nickname came from the shape of early receivers, which were roughly cylindrical with one flared end.