Now *that* was a piece of trivia that I never wondered about, but appreciated finding out. Thank you!
Who is Mr. Wisedollar? And best wishes to him and Mrs. Wisedollar.
lol! I thought it was kinda nifty and you're welcome. ;)
And Mr. Wisedollar is a character that was mentioned on this rather twisted cartoon my kid's watching about a tiger who needs to eat three kids before dawn to be turned into a man...
The kids prevail of course, but I totally almost changed the channel.
It's starring Bill Nighy's voice though, so I decided it couldn't be all bad. haha. ;)
*checks tv* It's apparently HBO and called "Animated Tales Of The World"
Ah... we haven't watched that one, yet.
I try to be a bit careful with my son, because he's so impressionable, and because he echos everything - which can be sometimes so embarassing or inappropriate. Some cartoons are a bit too full of conflict for him to handle, also, particularly anime... and it means my watching lots of cartoons! (Which is a good thing, most of the time).
This one had one of the kids conuer the evil and what not, but it was a little violent for my tastes. Other family members are a little more liberal with his viewing options then I am.
Right now I have a girl that I talk to online, asking me questions that I have never really understood the answers to:
"we shoulds be respectfuls of others even if they are our enemys because we are all one peoples no matters what our differences. we are supposeds to be seekings peace nots war. so whys would peoples wants to takeds things that are nots theirs? that is also stealings which is bads. they are fightings for things that are nots theirs to haves. maybe they could trys offerings the other peoples things in exchanges for some of the things they wants or neededs?"
I am at such a loss for words. War most of the time does not seem rational at all, to me.
Wow. I don't even know where to begin. I can't figure out what or where she's trying to go..
She just can't figure out why people want to fight. Why there are wars. Why there are things like prejudice.
Eee. It was hard to get that information out of the message. Yikes. But yeah, they're not exactly logical entities.
Also, to my knowledge, it's only in the English-speaking cultures that the default telephone greeting is also very often used in non-telephone encounters.
I suppose so. Interesting. What's the spanish phone greeting? French is Allo, right? I'm so behind on my language info.
French is "âllo" (or "allô"?). Italian is "pronto" (related to English "prompt", I think). German, I believe, is "hallo", and has spread to writing, too, though still not face-to-face encounters, as far as I know. I vaguely know how to pronounce the Japanese phone greeting, but don't know how to spell it. I don't know the Spanish, actually.
I didn't know about Pronto at all. Interesting. You always have such cool things to share. Thank you. :)
Moshi-moshi, I believe. (japanese)
Indeed! My Japanese-studying girlfriend, unavailable earlier today, confirms it. I had a pronunciation like "moyshoo-moyshoo" in my head, but had a feeling it was wrong.
That's one that I had actuallyt hought I knew but didn't want to look totally uneducated so I just thought I'd wait until one of ya'll more educated types to do. :)
See the middle story here
for more on telephone greetings.
Awesome! *bookmarks* Thanks babe!
2007-08-26 09:01 pm (UTC)
More phone trivia.
The word "call" has at least four distinct meanings in telephony:
• The whole "call", from the point of lifting the receiver to dial, through the conversation, to hanging up.
• Technically, a call is said to be "completed" when the second party answers the ringing phone.
• The greeting one uses when answering a ringing phone.
• The name or number by which you identify, to the operator, the party you want to be connected to. An example of this is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventury of the Illustrious Client" (published in 1924, set about 1902), in which the character of Sir James Damery offers this when Holmes asks how he can reach Sir James as his investigation develops: "The Carlton Club will find me. But in case of emergency, there is a private telephone call, ‘XX.31.’" (To my knowledge, though, that number/'call' is a rather unorthodox bit of making up a phone number, for I think it was already in the 19th century that British phone customers were identified by 5-digit numbers.)
Also, telephone numbers came about in this way. In the 19th century, in a town in the northeastern United States, a contagious illness was affecting many persons. At the time, telephone customers were identified by name: if you wanted to reach someone by phone, you told the operator the person's name. But the person who ran the telephone exchange there was afraid of what would happen if so many operators were affected by the illness that the only thing to do would be to call in substitutes who were unfamiliar with which customers were on which circuits; so it was decided that it would be faster to identify the customers by numbers, lists of which were made up—and so the phone number was born.
2007-08-26 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: More phone trivia.
Oh my goodness! That last bit especially is SOOOO awesome! I had no idea~ Great facts!!!
2007-08-26 09:05 pm (UTC)
Can't resist sharing another.
Also, in Britain in the early 20th century, the question "Are you on the line?" meant not "Are you in the middle of a phone conversation right now?", but rather "Do you have a telephone?" (i.e., "Is your house/office/&c. on, or off, the line, the phone system?", just as we today might talk of generating your electricity off the grid, or getting it on the grid).
2007-08-26 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't resist sharing another.
Seriously, you rock. This is so fascinating to me!!
Where do you find this stuff? lol
"Hello! I'm emteee!" and I don't pop in to say "Hi!" often enough.
This is true! Welcome back. :)