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Q: Is there an idiom containing "911" ,what is it ,and what does it mean?
 

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Q: Is there an idiom containing "911" ,what is it ,and what does it mean?

Yes, in Canada and the US the police, ambulance and fire services are called from any phone by dialling the number 911. So the idiom is "call 911".
 

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Yes, in Canada and the US the police, ambulance and fire services are called from any phone by dialling the number 911. So the idiom is "call 911".
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You spell it out: 'Call nine one one'. 'Nine eleven' refers to a date '9/11'.

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You spell it out: 'Call nine one one'. 'Nine eleven' refers to a date '9/11'.

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I knew it was pronounced like that "nine one one". But just now, by reading this post, I realized that probably the terrorist attackers chose on purpose that date of semptember 11th. For sure that is not a coincidence.

The telephone number, is it never pronounced "nine eleven"?
Was it pronounced like that before the terrorist attack in the US?
 

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Was it pronounced like that before the terrorist attack in the US?
As far as I can recall, no. It's always been nine-one-one. I don't remember ever hearing anyone say it as nine-eleven in the United States. Of course, that doesn't prove anything—but I've never heard it.

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As far as I can recall, no. It's always been nine-one-one. I don't remember ever hearing anyone say it as nine-eleven in the United States. Of course, that doesn't prove anything—but I've never heard it.

Greg

No indeed! I was just observing that there was potential confusion for non-native-speakers. And these numbers are entirely American. In Britain the emergency number is 999, and the date is 11/9 (although, because of the widespread special usage, some British people do say '9/11' for this one date).

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In Britain the emergency number is 999,

Oh, that is an important information.
So throughout Candaa and the US the emergency number is 911.
And in Britain 999. But to which extension does 999 work in Britain?
I mean, all the UK ?
 

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Oh, that is an important information.
So throughout Candaa and the US the emergency number is 911.
And in Britain 999. But to which extension does 999 work in Britain?
I mean, all the UK ?

:up: - throughout the UK. I think there's been some talk about changing it (or perhaps automatically re-routing "911" to 999, so that they'd both work [which seems to me to make sense]).

Incidentally, 'information' isn't countable in English, unlike many other languages. So it's an important piece of information, or - less formally - 'That's worth knowing'.

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Incidentally, 'information' isn't countable in English, unlike many other languages. So it's an important piece of information, or - less formally - 'That's worth knowing'.

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I knew it was pronounced like that "nine one one". But just now, by reading this post, I realized that probably the terrorist attackers chose on purpose that date of semptember 11th. For sure that is not a coincidence.

The telephone number, is it never pronounced "nine eleven"?
Was it pronounced like that before the terrorist attack in the US?

Immediately after 911 was designated as the universal emergency phone number in the US, there actually was a problem associated with it being referred to as "nine-eleven" - young children supposedly were looking for the eleven button on the telephone. So there was a concerted effort to have the emergency number always referred to as "nine one one."
 
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