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Feb 25, 2017

Wrong Telephone Expressions You Should Avoid.

Wrong Telephone Expressions You Should Avoid.

English is not our mother tongue, so we learn it everyday in order to speak it almost like its native speakers if not like them. This blog helps you to achieve that.

The irony of English is that the wrong expressions seem to be very pleasant to the ears more than their correct forms. The other day I showed you Some Very Correct but Totally Wrong Expressions You Should Avoid and today, I will be showing you wrong telephone expressions you should also avoid.

The word 'telephone' comes from Latin and Greek.
'Tele' in Latin means 'distance' and 'phone' in Greek means 'sound' so the compound word, 'telephone' becomes 'distance sound.' 

It is an undeniable fact that almost everybody in the world makes use of cell phones. In fact, gone are the days when people went to post offices to post their letters which took 2,000 years before getting to the receivers. We are in an era where communication is very effective with the use of cell phones and the common language used for communication is the English language due to its mutual intelligibility across the globe. It is therefore expected that for you to be well understood in the international communities, especially when communicating on phone with someone abroad, your spoken English must at all times be correct.

Unfortunately, like the social media, the use of cell phones for communication has launched another variety of the English language among its users which is now regarded as absolutely correct due to ignorance.

Below are some wrong telephone expressions and their correct forms:

Do not say: I saw your missed call
Say: I missed your call.

Do not say: Your voice is cracking
Say: The line is breaking

Do not say: Flash me
Say: Give me a drop-call, beep me or give me a beep

Do not say: I am hearing you
Say: I can hear you.

Do not say: Come again
Say: I can't hear you.

Someone has just learned something new. Congratulations to you!  Is there any wrong telephone expression you know that is not mentioned above? Please make use of the comment box.



Tammy Reuben Is A Graduate Of English And Literary Studies Whose Love For Teaching English As A Second Language And Providing Students With Useful Educational And Secular Information Resulted In The Creation Of This Blog.



  1. Your blog is quite informative.
    Try to proof read your articles before publishing.
    "her family was dissapointed (in, with) me"
    Which is most appropriate?

    1. Okay. Noted! "...disappointed in me" is most appropriate.