Posted by R. Berg on May 22, 2001
In Reply to: Get on the Horn posted by R. Berg on May 22, 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.
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