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    cell, cellphone, cellular phone and mobile phone

    How would you rank them according to the frequency of use in speech?

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    Re: cell, cellphone, cellular phone and mobile phone

    In British English we use "mobile phone" or simply "mobile".

    The other terms are more American English and I'll leave it to a AmE speaker to clarify the common usage there.

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    Re: cell, cellphone, cellular phone and mobile phone

    In AmE, cell and cellphone seem to be more frequently used.

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    Re: cell, cellphone, cellular phone and mobile phone

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How would you rank them according to the frequency of use in speech?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I am an old man who seldom uses a cellular telephone. So I cannot

    answer your question.

    (2) I wanted to point out, however, that this word is an excellent

    example of how a word in English becomes shortened.

    (3) I assume it started out as "cellular telephone."

    Since people love to speak fast, it was obvious that people

    were not going to keep saying the whole term. So maybe

    (I am only guessing) it progressively became:

    cellular phone

    cell phone

    cellphone

    cell (I think -- only think -- that most people feel that "cell"

    is really too short!!!)

    *****NOT A TEACHER *****

    P. S. Are people even going to start referring to it as their c?

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    Re: cell, cellphone, cellular phone and mobile phone

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    How would you rank them according to the frequency of use in speech?
    Internationally, I get the impression that mobile is more widely used.

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