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    telephone conversation

    Dear all,

    I read about telephone history, and it says:

    "British users into the 1960s might answer the phone by giving their telephone number: ‘Chorley Wood double two’ or ‘Prospect 9314’."

    I'd like to know what "Chorley Wood" and "Prospect" are in this case. Are they the name of the person who answered the phone? Are they place names in Britain?

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    Re: telephone conversation

    They were the place names of the telephone exchanges, later to be replaced by numerical dialling codes.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Oct-2014 at 08:15.

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    Re: telephone conversation

    In the U.S., they were used as the first two digits of your telephone number. It was similar to an area code -- but was more like a district code. In the Mission district, we would say "My number is Mission 8-8495." This is MI8-8495 or 648-8495. Almost everyone in the neighborhood would have a number which started with 64.

    We don't really do that anymore. My guess is because numbers are changed and moved too readily these days.


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    Re: telephone conversation

    Using letters eliminated the use of 1 and 0. They were running out of letter exchanges as the need for numbers expanded.

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    Re: telephone conversation

    Here's an old local TV commercial from the U.S. that used the exchange prefix instead of an all-digit telephone number. (The company's phone number was TYler 8-7100, or 891-7100.

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