phone etiquette


Phone snubbing. We easily see it in others’ behavior. It’s so annoying when it happens to you, but be honest, you may be guilty of this one yourself …

verb (used with object), phubbed, phubbing
1. to ignore (a person or one’s surroundings) when in a social situation by busying oneself with a phone or other mobile device

Hey, are you phubbing me?

I hate to see a mother wheeling a stroller while phubbing her baby.

verb (used without object), phubbed, phubbing.

2. to ignore a person or one’s surroundings in this way.

Origin of phub

First recorded in 2010-14; ph(one) + snub


Woman using telephone, c. 1910. From postcard via Wikimedia Commons.


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(v.) middle English; to rush around cleaning frantically, when company is on their way to your home. To clean briskly.

While the oldest known variations (1700s) relate more to scouring pots and pans, or even one’s children, the later variations are attributed to that panicked feeling you get when a long-lost friend calls you from a nearby rest stop, or your mother-in-law phones from the car to let you know she’s in your driveway.

Do you scurryfunge?

Image by Geertruydt Roghman via Wikimedia Commons.

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