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Tasmin21
06-29-2007, 02:36 AM
Which one is right?

scarletpeaches
06-29-2007, 02:37 AM
Neither. It's a mobile. :D

Shady Lane
06-29-2007, 02:42 AM
Neither. It's a mobile. :D

Pssh. Okay.

Two l's.

Jamesaritchie
06-29-2007, 03:20 AM
Which one is right?

Cell phone. "Cell" is short for cellular, so it's two els and no hyphen.

Tasmin21
06-29-2007, 03:27 AM
Thanks, everyone! The argument was about to cause bloodshed in the household.

kristie911
06-29-2007, 05:09 AM
So, is it one word or two? Cellphone or cell phone?

reenkam
06-29-2007, 05:16 AM
i think it's two

Jamesaritchie
06-29-2007, 05:20 AM
So, is it one word or two? Cellphone or cell phone?

It's two. The correct name is cellular phone. Cell phone, for short.

kristie911
06-29-2007, 05:23 AM
I thought it was, but for some reason, I really, really want to make it one! :)

I will forever resist the urge.

NiennaC
06-29-2007, 05:38 AM
I think a lot of people make it one word nowadays, because so few people really consider that the full name is cellular phone, so they just think it's some cool new word.

reenkam
06-29-2007, 06:01 AM
I thought it was, but for some reason, I really, really want to make it one! :)

I will forever resist the urge.

be different!

rebel!

make it one!

:partyguy:

maestrowork
06-29-2007, 06:07 AM
It's a wireless telecommunication unit.

;)

kristie911
06-29-2007, 06:10 AM
It's a wireless telecommunication unit.

;)

Okay, Mr. Spock. :)

NiennaC
06-29-2007, 06:13 AM
It's a wireless telecommunication unit.

;)

I dare you to call it that for a week. No calling it a cellular or cell phone. "Hey honey, where'd I leave my wireless telecommunication unit? I just can't find it!"

kristie911
06-29-2007, 07:51 AM
I dare you to call it that for a week. No calling it a cellular or cell phone. "Hey honey, where'd I leave my wireless telecommunication unit? I just can't find it!"

Or he could call it his "wireless teleportation unit" and make people think he's completely lost his mind. :)

seun
06-29-2007, 04:33 PM
Neither. It's a mobile. :D

Not according to a BBC report I saw on the news a few months ago. Mobiles have become cellphones says Natasha Kaplinsky.

Jamesaritchie
06-29-2007, 05:10 PM
I think a lot of people make it one word nowadays, because so few people really consider that the full name is cellular phone, so they just think it's some cool new word.

A lot of people are starting to make it one word, but that word isn't "cellphone," it's simply "cell."

Maryn
06-29-2007, 07:20 PM
This is a handy watch-it-live lesson in the changing of language. Right before our eyes, the term cellular phone became universally shortened to cell phone (phone itself being a shortened version of telephone). Yeah, I know, in the UK it's still a mobile, but that's a shortened version of mobile phone.

Now that everyone's on board with cell phone, the two words are in the process of 'closing,' becoming a single recognized word. Often there's a period during which there's a hyphen in the middle, but eventually that disappears.

As a permanently joined compound, cellphone is well on the way to joining notebook, motorcycle, and dustmop.

Maryn, noting Word tends to be well behind the curve on joined compounds

Jedi Dad
06-29-2007, 08:22 PM
dictionary.com lists both cell phone and cellphone.

One could compare it to bull$hit and bull $hit.

:D

Jedi Dad
06-29-2007, 08:23 PM
Neither. It's a mobile. :D

I thought a mobile was a thing in a baby's crib ;)

scarletpeaches
06-29-2007, 09:08 PM
Not according to a BBC report I saw on the news a few months ago. Mobiles have become cellphones says Natasha Kaplinsky.

The day I base my vocabulary on what the over made-up hoor Natasha Kerplunky says is the day I give up writing.

ChunkyC
06-29-2007, 09:16 PM
In both cases, that's totally up to you. :D

kristie911
06-29-2007, 11:28 PM
That's it, I'm making it one word...even though Word is going to keep telling me it's wrong. :)

ChunkyC
06-30-2007, 12:18 AM
Atta girl, stick it to Microsoft! ;)

Maryn
06-30-2007, 12:42 AM
That's it, I'm making it one word...even though Word is going to keep telling me it's wrong. :)I bet the entries I've added to Word's dictionary are a hilarious mix of closed compounds it doesn't acknowledge and filth, in every verb and adjective form.

cabinetmaker
clothesline
c--k
c--ks----r
coffeemaker
coffeepot
c--t

Same as anybody else's?

Maryn, winking

kristie911
06-30-2007, 01:07 AM
I don't know why but I rarely add something to the Word dictionary.

I guess I figure, "who am I to say what goes in the dictionary?" Of course, it's my frickin' dictionary! :D

Tasmin21
06-30-2007, 01:26 AM
Well, let's not forget that phone is just the abbreviated version of telephone to begin with. So...really, we have a cellular telephone. Gah, if I had to type that out every time, my carpal tunnel would be a hundred times worse.

I like cell.

Jamesaritchie
07-01-2007, 12:52 AM
I don't know why but I rarely add something to the Word dictionary.

I guess I figure, "who am I to say what goes in the dictionary?" Of course, it's my frickin' dictionary! :D

I add every word I think I'm going to use again.