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(Message started by: Shaun on Jul 27th, 2006, 2:54pm)

Title: Cell Phone
Post by Shaun on Jul 27th, 2006, 2:54pm
OK just curious being from UK and all. Why do you guys call em "cell phones"? We call them mobile phones, im guessing coz they are mobile and phones. But why cell phones, where it come from? Curious coz Im working in a phone shop at mo over summer :P

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Shannon on Jul 27th, 2006, 3:09pm
The service on a mobile phone is cellular so we call it a cell phone ... cellular phone. At least that's how I've always understood it.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by y2goo_4ever on Jul 27th, 2006, 3:21pm
I call it a cell, or a cell phone.

One of the two.

Just let me think what I tell my mom when I leave...

"Kay I'm leaving now, I have my phone will me don't call me unless you're bleeding from the anus!"

...yup, I call it my phone..

Lol. ;D

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by GlitteringGoo on Jul 27th, 2006, 9:00pm
I'm a 'cell' kinda girl haha my away messages usually have 'cell it' in it somewhere and even when I talk about phones I say 'cell'

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Aimee on Jul 29th, 2006, 4:44pm

Quote:
The service on a mobile phone is cellular so we call it a cell phone ... cellular phone. At least that's how I've always understood it.


Yeah. Cell phones connect to a "cellular network" made up of a bunch of cell sites. And that's about the depth of my understanding.

Speaking of which, this discussion reminded me of another cultural difference. The technology that enables text messaging is called Short Message Service (SMS). When I was in Germany, everyone was calling it SMS (verb form: "simsen"). But in the US, everyone says "text message" (verb form: "texting").

Interesting

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Shaun on Jul 31st, 2006, 12:35pm
Here in UK we say "texting" or "text messaging"

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Hysteria on Jul 31st, 2006, 12:42pm
I just call it a phone...

"I've got my phone on me if you need anything..."

Never really thought about it before though. :p

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by babsil30 on Jul 31st, 2006, 4:20pm
i usually say, "i have my cell with me" *shrugging shoulders* for whatever that's worth! ;)

difference in the UK/American words or phrases can be quite funny at times!

A friend of mine lives near Manchester, and her and I always would get confused on some of the words we each use.

UK USA

Bin Trash/Garbage can
Chips     Fries
Crisps (potato) Chips
Mobile Cell
Loo bathroom/restroom
Dinner Lunch
Tea Dinner/Supper

I know there are more, but I can't think of them right now.


Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by tkc1989 on Aug 1st, 2006, 3:34pm
lol some of those examples are quite funny.  ;D

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Raven on Aug 2nd, 2006, 10:43pm
Hey Shaun, being from the US and all, why do you in the UK say "ring" instead of "call?" You ring someone, we call them. :thinkin:"

Why is the "hood" of our car, called the "bonnet" on yours? :thinkin:
Why is the "roof" of our car called a "hood" over there? So much confusion! :hahaha:

I have a good friend who lives in kent! How far from there do you live?  :D

Nice to meet you by the way!  ;)

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by PattyGoo on Aug 8th, 2006, 7:40am
Years ago I worked in an office with a dude from the UK and he was looking for rubbers.  I gave him a funny look, and he clarified that we call them erasers!
Yeah, yeah, my mind lives in the gutter.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Shannon on Aug 8th, 2006, 10:32am
Lol  Patty. I would have been right there with ya.

When I first saw someone post 'chuffed' on the board I thought it meant 'mad' or 'angry'. Come to find out it's the opposite...lol. That's one of my favorite words now.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Shaun on Aug 8th, 2006, 4:59pm
Hmm we say ring I think coz ofphone going "ring ring" simple minded, though lots of people in uk say IM gona call you.

Tis bizzare, my mum laughed at me coz I sed "the side walk has no one on" Should have been saying path :P

I live in York so a fair bit a way from Kent.

Some more random words, im not sure who owns which, US or UK, you guys decide.

Couch/sofa
Lift/Elavator
Lounge/Living room

Oh do you guys say candy instead of "sweets"?

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by the red o on Aug 8th, 2006, 5:31pm

on 08/08/06 at 16:59:38, Shaun wrote:
Hmm we say ring I think coz ofphone going "ring ring" simple minded, though lots of people in uk say IM gona call you.

Tis bizzare, my mum laughed at me coz I sed "the side walk has no one on" Should have been saying path :P

I live in York so a fair bit a way from Kent.

Some more random words, im not sure who owns which, US or UK, you guys decide.

Couch/sofa
Lift/Elavator
Lounge/Living room

Oh do you guys say candy instead of "sweets"?


Couch and sofa are both used in the US. I say couch, but some people call more sleek upscale couches sofas. Others only use sofa.

US uses elevator and living room. And yes, we call sweets candy.

The US is huge though, so there's variation in words in different parts of the country. Like, I say pop while other people in the country say soda. I also call a 'lollipop' a sucker.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Shaun on Aug 9th, 2006, 12:35pm
Wow, a "sucker" if someone sed that to me id be in stitches, but thats my dirty mind for ya.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by iris3732 on Aug 9th, 2006, 9:16pm
I've always wished we said "loo" instead of bathroom or restroom.

Remember those things they were gonna come out with....like a computer in the bathroom or something. What were they called? iloo i think....they were from Apple.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by nate08 on Aug 9th, 2006, 9:44pm
I saw on T.V. that you guys in the U.K. call cigarettes "****s" and I think thats about the funniest thing ever!  I just call them cigs or smokes.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by nate08 on Aug 9th, 2006, 9:45pm
whoops sorry about that guys I totally didn't think it was gunna cover that word up but I'm sure you can all guess what it is.

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Shaun on Aug 10th, 2006, 9:03am
lol yepthats what we say. So for them smokers they all like a gud .... in their mouth :P hahahahha never thought of it like that

Title: Re: Cell Phone
Post by Aimee on Aug 10th, 2006, 5:00pm
I know some Irish people, and I noticed one of the funniest cultural differences when I asked one of them if he needed a ride home from the theater. When I asked, "Hey, you want a ride?" he looked horrified and then amused.

They, apparently, say "lift" to mean a lift home in someone's car. "Ride" is sexual. It got even worse, when I started to explain by saying, "Oh, yeah, we just say ride. It's not sexual at all. Like, I could get a ride from my Grandparents."




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