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If a time came when mobile phones where the only phones in existence, do you think the meaning of the phrasal verb "hang up" meaning finish a phone call , would become opaque?
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Sorry, I meant: I'm wondering just how many multi-word expressions are lost to opacity. Can you name some?
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Hi,

Yes, I thinkthe expression 'hang up' probably will become opaque or obscure, as will related terms like 'dial'.

Consider the fate of words like 'ear-piece' and 'receiver', which I think relate to the early phones that came in two separate pieces.

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I'm not so sure the "model 102"-style phone is an obsolescent image. It will survive in films and photographs. Not to mention, by a curious paradox, the keypad of many mobiles.

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MrPedanticI'm not so sure the "model 102"-style phone is an obsolescent image. It will survive in films and photographs. Not to mention, by a curious paradox, the keypad of many mobiles.

MrP

You'll have us visting telecommunications museums next, MrP.

Anonymousdo you think the meaning of the phrasal verb "hang up" meaning finish a phone call , would become opaque?
Of course not! What kind of question is that? Maybe you meant the "etymology" would be obscure, but hardly anyone worries about that.
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