When was the last time you heard a busy signal? Not a network congestion message or bad connection on a cell phone. But the good old fashioned sound of a busy signal. Click to refresh your memory busy.wav
Is there even an analog for the busy signal today? It used to mean I'm busy talking to somebody else, so I can't talk to you. Call me back later.
Do we even have that anymore?
If I can't reach you I leave a voice mail, or send an email, or use IM, or text you. In any case I got through to you and the responsibility has transferred to you now to get back to me, using any of the above options.
The only thing I can think of that is even a little bit like a busy signal is when you get an error message saying your email couldn't be delivered.
Some other phrases that I propose can be officially retired:
- Pull over, I have to make a call.
- There is a line for the pay-phone.
- Free coffee.
- Call us toll-free.
- Color television.
- I don't have any cash because I couldn't get to the bank.
Now I'm going to take the phone off the hook so I can take a nap....call back later.