On changing names - about as OT as you can get

HSchinske at aol.com HSchinske at aol.com
Thu Mar 13 13:23:41 EST 2003

In a message dated 3/12/03 7:21:35 PM Central Standard Time, "Sally Odgers" <
sodgers at tassie.net.au> writes:

> On calling someone one doesn't know... that usually happens when I *do* know
> (say) Andrew Smith or Jane Jones, and when I call them back on a number I
> have, a woman/man answers. Is it - a spouse? A friend? Sister/brother?
> What I do is say; Hello, this is Sally Odgers. Is Andrew/Jane there? which
> my husband says sounds abrupt and a bit rude, as if I'm "using the other
> person like an answer machine".

Goodness, it sounds *perfectly* polite to me! It's certainly what I would say 
(well, barring the Sally Odgers bit, I hardly ever impersonate you since the 
time ... er-hrm).

Helen Schinske
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