Thursday, October 2, 2008

Telephone santitizers are back!

If you are not cleaning off your phone, keyboard, coffee pot, and other office tools every day, then you are inviting the spread of germs!

The telephone sanitizers I mentioned from the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy are back!

Also, according to this site, telephone sanitizer, was originally a euphemism for toilet cleaner.

What's distinguishes the term "telephone sanitizer" among a great many other toilet-related euphemisms is the linguistic disconnect: few Americans seem to know the meaning of this British circumlocution. It shows both the British insistence on preserving a veneer of gentilities and the American willingness to attribute any amount of silliness to the British rather than assume the obvious and mundane.

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