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07 February 2012 @ 10:10 pm
Very Formally Yours  
I have a friend who always answers her phone in the same outmoded form - "The (insert surname here) residence". Ignore the fact that she was only married to the guy whose surname she bears for a little over three years, and they've been divorced now for the last 26 years - that's how she sees herself and that's fine. But it makes me laugh when she answers her mobile phone in exactly the same way regardless of where she is when it actually rings. Habit, she says.
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Strike while the irony is hot: EMO -- CUPPA?draycevixen on February 7th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)

My mother answers the phone like that.

I tend to have a problem with answering the phone at home like I'm at work with often quite funny results as at the uni we answer with a quick summation of department and title which can be quite confusing. *g*

miwahni: Pros private madnessmiwahni on February 8th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
I've done that once or twice, and stopped myself halfway through with "no wait! I'm me now!" I don't know what the caller thought about that.
sunray45: Doyle leaning LLSsunray45 on February 8th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
She must have been brung up proper. *g*

For a while after I retired, I often caught myself answering our home phone with 'Rates Department'. And, I always thought you had to answer the phone with your phone number, but son put a stop to that. Be a bit hard with these eight digit numbers.
miwahni: pros ouchmiwahni on February 8th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
We were taught as children to always answer the phone with our number. I haven't done it for years though.
My office phone at my old branch used to display the incoming caller number, and I knew most of the other local branch's lenders' numbers off by heart. Once the number came up as one of my very good mates and I jokingly answered it with "jesus christ not you again, haven't you got anything better to do with your life?" Except it was my boss, ringing from David's office. Red face, much? *g*
anonpussynameranonpussynamer on February 8th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Very Formally Yours
ROTFLMAO ... that sounds like your friend is being very posh, hey? However, I remember being taught to repeat the home phone number (mind, we didn't have a bloody phone until 1967 .. dating myself now), not to say a name, and then "politely" ask the caller their name and what they wanted - blah blah blah.

Now it is just "Hello" ....... if I am in a good mood. >:)
miwahni: pros phonemiwahni on February 9th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
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Heh. My callers at home are lucky if I bother to pick the phone up these days. Most calls I let go through to the answering machine, and then I ring back. Cuts out a lot of telemarketers that way, and I don't get interrupted when I'm doing something I want to finish.
anonpussynameranonpussynamer on February 11th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a plan! I usually just check the numbers on the ID whatsit ... if I know the number and want to speak, I'll ring back - if not, I won't. Bloody telemarketers - had that Indian mob ring about the computer (shut them up quickly ... *evil grin*) and the the other day, some bloke who said he was in LONDON (WTF!) asked for P, saying P had spoken to his association about small commodities!! Double WTF!!! Where would we get the money to play the bloody stockmarket - anyway, I stuffed him up for a bit ... he was paying for the call, not me. Bwahahahahahahahahaha ... >:D
miwahni: pros phonemiwahni on February 12th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
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Small commodities, hey? *g* Wonder what that one was all about - did they realise they were ringing rural NSW I wonder. Good on you for stringing him along.
anonpussynameranonpussynamer on February 12th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I have no idea - at first I didn't know what he was even talking about. Asked P later on, "where you talking to some bloke about small quantities (that's what I thought he said originally *g*) or summat?" He had no idea, then I realised what the bloke was really on about and when I said "small commodities" it was a case of WTF? Oh yeah, I strung him along well - and no, he had no idea where we are! If I'd said Kempsey, he may have thought we were in England ... geez, missed a great opportunity for a telemarketer bollocking, didn't I? Hahahaha