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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1380 on: July 18, 2013, 02:31:47 PM »
Just make something up- that way there's no chance of them understanding it!
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1381 on: July 18, 2013, 02:33:24 PM »
Somebody at work just told me that this has worked for one of his neighbours:

Answer the phone in a language other than English.  For us here in Canada, 'Ola' would work, 'Bonjour', maybe not.  I'm thinking about answering in Japanese.  Phonetically here because I have no idea how to spell it:  Koneitchiwa.  Better warn my Dad before I do it, though, or he'll be really confused!  (I don't have call display.)

FYI, they answer the phone with "Moshi-moshi" in Japan!

Thanks!  Not that it really matters, since the point is just to answer in something other than English.  Maybe I could try Klingon...
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1382 on: July 18, 2013, 02:54:02 PM »
Somebody at work just told me that this has worked for one of his neighbours:

Answer the phone in a language other than English.  For us here in Canada, 'Ola' would work, 'Bonjour', maybe not.  I'm thinking about answering in Japanese.  Phonetically here because I have no idea how to spell it:  Koneitchiwa.  Better warn my Dad before I do it, though, or he'll be really confused!  (I don't have call display.)

FYI, they answer the phone with "Moshi-moshi" in Japan!

I like "moshi-moshi!"  What does it mean, literally?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1383 on: July 18, 2013, 03:19:25 PM »
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Please give me Jesus on the line. . .

(Fantastic song and well worth looking up if you don't know it!)

Yes, but is he your own personal Jesus?

(Sorry, I couldn't resist...another good song.)

I don't care if it rains or freezes...

Ain't nobody can eat fifty eggs.

Man, now I have to go watch the movie again.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1384 on: July 18, 2013, 03:39:03 PM »


FYI, they answer the phone with "Moshi-moshi" in Japan!

I like "moshi-moshi!"  What does it mean, literally?

I'm afraid I don't know if there's a literal translation other than just being used for "hello".  Perhaps some of our Japanese or Japan-based members would know better than I? 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1385 on: July 18, 2013, 04:00:16 PM »
This site has some fun explanations for it:  http://www.tofugu.com/2009/02/26/what-does-moshi-moshi-mean/

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1386 on: July 18, 2013, 05:50:49 PM »
"Sabu wa wanaxim" is what they say in Somalia. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1387 on: July 19, 2013, 03:55:10 AM »
I like "moshi-moshi!"  What does it mean, literally?

I'm afraid I don't know if there's a literal translation other than just being used for "hello".  Perhaps some of our Japanese or Japan-based members would know better than I? 

When my SIL worked for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank staff answered callers with "Moshi Moshi. Hai Hai?" which they were told meant "Hello Hello. Yes Yes?"
As for God's PR, he has a whole staff of angels and archangels surely?
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1388 on: July 19, 2013, 06:58:07 AM »
In Bulgaria, some people answer the phone, "Da, molya" which, literallly translated, means "Yes, please."

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1389 on: July 19, 2013, 08:49:12 AM »
This site has some fun explanations for it:  http://www.tofugu.com/2009/02/26/what-does-moshi-moshi-mean/

I read that & some other linked pages - my takeaway is that "moshi" means "speak to me," and you say it twice to prove you're not a ghost (becaust ghosts can only say "moshi" once).
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1390 on: July 19, 2013, 10:32:26 AM »
Somebody at work just told me that this has worked for one of his neighbours:

Answer the phone in a language other than English.  For us here in Canada, 'Ola' would work, 'Bonjour', maybe not.  I'm thinking about answering in Japanese.  Phonetically here because I have no idea how to spell it:  Koneitchiwa.  Better warn my Dad before I do it, though, or he'll be really confused!  (I don't have call display.)

Extra tip: The way to answer the phone in Spanish is "Bueno!"

In Spain I was taught to answer the phone with "dígame" ("tell me")

Also, on QI (so it's probably true), they said that before the invention of the phone, people would use 'hullo' as an expression of surprise, but afterwards it turned into 'hello' as a way of answering the phone, then into a greeting you could use face-to-face.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1391 on: July 19, 2013, 10:40:32 AM »
As I understand it, Alexander Graham Bell preferred the term 'Ahoy' as a proper salutation on the telephone. 

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1392 on: July 19, 2013, 11:46:28 AM »
I have access to a shared inbox at my company. We get a daily digest report of near-certain junk mail from another company. Why we get it, I have no idea. It doesn't matter.

Today, we have two emails from "Dr. Travis Stork" with the subject "Eat to Lose Weight!"

The best part? They came from two separate email addresses. One was mtguq (at) aljaeza (dot) org (dot) sa  and the other was from mtgts (at) arbysbeef (dot) com.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1393 on: July 19, 2013, 12:00:16 PM »
As I understand it, Alexander Graham Bell preferred the term 'Ahoy' as a proper salutation on the telephone.
My husband answers the phone, "Ahoy, ahoy." I've never known why - maybe he's trying to go back to the good old days!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #1394 on: July 19, 2013, 12:03:50 PM »
As I understand it, Alexander Graham Bell preferred the term 'Ahoy' as a proper salutation on the telephone.
My husband answers the phone, "Ahoy, ahoy." I've never known why - maybe he's trying to go back to the good old days!

That's how Mr Burns answers the phone in The Simpsons.