Jul 11 - Dots replace dashes in phone numbers

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 07-12-2005, 12:11 AM         #1
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ebonyprincess 
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Jul 11 - Dots replace dashes in phone numbers
 

 
WASHINGTON - When it comes to phone numbers, dashes are SO 20th century.


The difference between 202-383-6008 and 202.383.6008, image consultants say, is like ... the difference between tap water and Pellegrino. Or flipping channels to avoid commercials vs. using TiVo.

Periods are "a little more updated, a little more chic than dashes," said Tracy Wilson, a graphic designer and handwriting consultant for Wilson & a.ssociates Consulting Group in Indianapolis.

Genevieve Zetlan, the founder of Nimble Communications LLC, a marketing and design firm in Herndon, Va., agreed. Periods "tend to project the image of being more international, especially being more European," Zetlan said.

That makes sense. European countries have used periods in phone numbers forever.

Their usage took off in the United States when dot-coms did, said David Massey, 53, of Kennesaw, Ga., a telephone industry historian.

"Once the Internet became popular and IP (Internet protocol) addresses were becoming part of everyday technical talk, someone decided to make phone numbers look like IP addresses and replaced the hyphens with periods," Massey said.

Another phone buff, Roger Conklin of Palmetto Bay, Fla., thinks globalization played a role.

"The Europeans have been using dots from the beginning of time. Americans adopted dashes. Now that the world is getting smaller, each tends to want to emulate the other, resulting in a mixture," Conklin said.

Periods make it easier to squeeze more information on business cards, Zetlan noted.

They also are "typographically more pleasing to the eye," she said. "Dashes can connect to the numbers on either side visually and be difficult to read. When you're talking about a number with slants, like the number 7, periods allow for more space."

Chicagoan Mike Sandman, another phone historian, thinks the period pandemic is ridiculous.

"I figure people who use dots are clueless," he said, "or maybe from Bulgaria."


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25 comments for "Jul 11 - Dots replace dashes in phone numbers"

 07-12-2005, 12:18 AM         #2
Soulja1896  OP
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Lmfao, Not Towards U But, WHO GIVES A fu*k WHETHER ITS DOTS OR DASHES


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 13 years ago '05        #3
Knockout Kingz 
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And what is the meaning of this thread?????
 07-12-2005, 07:20 PM         #4
DaddyFatSacz  OP
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fu*k dots... it's "$" for me :D
 13 years ago '04        #5
Nocturnal-One 
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They look more like IP Addresses than Phone Numbers now.
 13 years ago '05        #6
benadreal 
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yeah, ^ they're gonna get kinda confusing with IP's if your typin sh*t online like that.. but i think it'll be a while before everyone starts putting dots anyway.
 13 years ago '04        #7
nickh 
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who the fu*k cares you dont type in dot or dashes when dialing anyways
 13 years ago '04        #8
kakoden 
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intriguing....i noticed this sh*t on the site thefacebook.com
 13 years ago '04        #9
doczdaname 29 heat pts29
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as long as shes fly, i dont care what kind of sign she uses.
 07-13-2005, 07:37 AM         #10
Killa #4  OP
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281.330.8004

holla at me
 07-13-2005, 07:49 AM         #11
Hookz  OP
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who gives a fu*k, it doesnt affect the number
 07-13-2005, 07:59 AM         #12
Golden Nugget  OP
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wTF is conklin talkin about?

"The Europeans have been using dots from the beginning of time. Americans adopted dashes. Now that the world is getting smaller, each tends to want to emulate the other, resulting in a mixture," Conklin said.
europe and america are using the same fu*kin system
 07-13-2005, 08:07 AM         #13
Dro  OP
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who the fu*k has time to seriously think about things like this ... to actually weigh out the benefits of a . vs a -

smh @ the world


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 13 years ago '04        #14
GetOnMahLevel 
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nah...europe actually does use tha dots...but like anybody said before "who cares"
 07-13-2005, 12:25 PM         #15
Golden Nugget  OP
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 GetOnMahLevel said:
nah...europe actually does use tha dots...but like anybody said before "who cares"
well i come from europe but never seen this dot-sh*t..... :banghead:
 07-13-2005, 12:37 PM         #16
tre4s_sniper  OP
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This sh*t Is Pointless
 13 years ago '04        #17
ddotdukes5 
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Having the dots, make it look like an IP address
 13 years ago '04        #18
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fu*k that!! Nobody use the phone till they bring dashes back....boycott these a**holes for doing this sh*t!!!!
 07-13-2005, 02:17 PM         #19
westkoastsoulja  OP
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i know wen i dial the number on the fone its the dash still so? but propz on the news!
 07-13-2005, 02:59 PM         #20
D-M-X  OP
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Real-fu*king-revolutionary
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