Posted by ESC on May 23, 2001
In Reply to: Illustration 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.
: Click below for a Web page that shows one such model. If link is missing, use http://www.cybercomm.net/~chuck/we20al.html
I have one factlet to add: THE PIPE; THE HORN - "slang for the telephone since the late 1950s." From "Listening to America" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982).