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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Twentieth Century Phone Booths from Around the World

During the twentieth century the phone booth was king. Finding one anywhere from on a busy intersection in the big city to one in a remote location among grassy fields was easy. Along came the cell phone, which led to the impersonal term, electronic device, which, in essence were not phones at all, but mini-macs […]

Ladies Room Linguistics

  The term ladies or ladies room (a figure of speech called metonymy or indirectness) may be coming back as political correctness becomes tamer than it once was about a decade ago. Back then a case could be made  that the term can be connected to such connotations as “ladies of the night” and “ladies […]