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    Hello, I've been watching a new TV series called Touch which is great by the way but it's not why I am here. One of the actors says that he lost his phone at Heathrow Airport and since then people have been phone-skipping it all over the world. What does it exactly mean? That they've been taking it form one place (airport) to another? I've searched the phrase and it means that your phone is unable to dial numbers and answer calls but I don't know which translation fits better.

    And there's a second problem (and third actually :)) what doest a phone dispatcher (code 25) mean in police codes? "Phone dispatcher" doesn't mean a lot to me. Does it mean that someone "dispatched" or planted a bomb and called to inform the authorities/facility? I'm really confused...

    And the last one so far, do song stylings mean song-writters? I've also searched the Net but I'm not actually sure if I get it right...

    I know I ask many questions etc. but I'm really interested in British and American culture and I'm kinda jealous that you learn the language ever since your birth... :D and for me it's difficult to understand sometimes.

    Thanks in advance and sorry for another long post :)

    (Checked the grammar but I'm sure I left some mistakes so sorry about that too:)

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    I've been watching a new TV series called Touch which is great by the way but it's not why I am here. One of the actors says that he lost his phone at Heathrow Airport and since then people have been phone-skipping it all over the world. What does it exactly mean? That they've been taking it form one place (airport) to another? Here is a link to a review of the show's pilot episode in which phone-skipping is mentioned. After reading it, I still have no idea what the term means. Touch Series Premiere Review: A Powerful Need - TV Fanatic

    "Phone dispatcher" doesn't mean a lot to me. A dispatcher is someone that sends someone or something to a destination for a purpose. They are found in many professions. A taxi dispatcher is the person that relays your request for a taxi to the driver of the taxi (either by phone or radio). The dispatcher dispatches the taxi to your location. A bicycle dispatcher will send the guy on the bike to your office to pick up an envelope. A police dispatcher will relay your call for help to the closest cops.
    A phone dispatcher - in my opinion - is a dispatcher that uses a telephone to inform the taxi driver or the messenger or the cops to go to a specific destination. As for "code 25", it could be anything. There is no standardized coding of crimes. A code 25 in New York could quite easily be a code 211 in San Francisco.

    "...do song stylings mean song-writters..."
    No, it doesn't. It refers to the singer of the song. A singer sings using his or her individual style. Jazz singers often have very personalized styles of singing and someone that introduces a singer to an audience might say "and now, the song stylings of our featured singer, Edna Bumshuffle."

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    Default Re: Phone-skipping?

    Hello, thanks for replying.

    But which is the better interpretation of phone-skipping, to reject call (unanswer) or maybe to take it from one airport to another (I saw an youtube video of phone-skipping showing a phone thrown to a lake and jumping on the water but I don't know what is a name for it in English:))? Now, I'm pretty sure that it'll be the second one because the guy says also something like "I'm in Tokyo now".

    About the code 25, it's a code of an airport alarm I think, I found on the Internet the definition of it (the site was called "police alarm codes" or similiar). But is it possible that a "phone dispatcher" can mean the thing I suggested in my previous message? Because a standard definition of it doesn't fit an alarm code. What would be the purpose of tripping an alarm up for someone who dispatches calls? :) I recon he's not a dangerous person at all :D

    Oh, and by the way, "could be a huge account for us" means what? A guy tells his wife or girlfriend that there's openning a new chain of restaurants and that it could be a huge account for them"... Is it a competition? Or anything like that? Or maybe a way to make some money (by delivering food or...)? Again I'd choose the second one ;)

    You really did help me. Now I know that song stylings reffer to a one of a kind singer and not to a song-writter:)

    If you or anyone else could answer my further questions, I'd be really grateful.
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    Default Re: Phone-skipping?

    Like JohnParis, I have no idea what phone-skipping means.

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    Default Re: Phone-skipping?

    Neither have I.

    Ask as many questions as you like, bud-bar, but please ask unrelated questions in separate threads.

    For one thing, you'll get quicker answers, as many people could answer one or two questions but have neither the time nor knowledge to tackle them all at once.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Phone-skipping?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Like JohnParis, I have no idea what phone-skipping means.
    It seems that google hasn't, either.

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    Default Re: Phone-skipping?

    It's more than likely "phone-skipping" and "code 25" are fabricated by the writers just to sound hip.

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    I actually downloaded the episode and watched the show last night.
    One of the subplots revolves around a cell phone (mobile phone) that a man looses at JFK airport in New York. As the show progresses, the telephone finds its way across the globe either by accident (it fell into the outside pocket of a piece of baggage going to Mumbai) or intentionally ( a Japanese "working girl" slips it into a business man's luggage before he takes a flight to Kuwait). The person that lost the phone calls his service provider and explains that his phone has been skipping all over the world (phone skipping) and asks them to use the internal GPS to find the device because he has some important photos stored in the phone. Phone-skipping means that a phone bounces all over the world, from city to city, sometimes accidentally, sometimes not.
    Oufff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    I actually downloaded the episode and watched the show last night.
    Well done, that man!

    That shows dedication to the cause above and beyond the call of duty.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Phone-skipping?

    Thanks Rover.
    The name of the series is "Touch" and it stars Keiffer Sutherland.
    It's his first role since starring in "24".
    The first episode was interesting and I'll download the second. But if the next one isn't absolutely fantastic, I'll let it go.

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