This just in from my husband via a German colleague in an international company: maybe someone else has heard of it and knows the origin. In Germany, a cell phone is called a handy, clearly an English word and not a German one, yet I know of no English-speaking place in which that term is used. Does anyone have a clue as to the origins of this?
Originally posted by zmjezhd: (I always thought handy 'mobile phone' came from the English adjective handy 'ready to hand'.)
I think you are probably right, but what I would like to know is how the Germans got started using it, since they clearly didn't pick it up from an Anglo country. That is what seems so odd to me. Likewise with beamer. Who/where do these things come from? An English-speaking native? Magic? What?
a German pseudo-anglicism for a mobile phone; the term may have originated from the term 'hand held transceiver' or Motorola's Handie-Talkie, a World War II portable military radio; reappeared as a slang term for mobile phones in Germany in the mid-1980s, and was popularised there by advertising campaigns for miniature GSM phones in the 1990s
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Intereesting. I've heard of a walkie-talkie, but not a handie-talkie. Seems that walkie-talkie was an earlier name for what became known as the handie-talkie (or SCR-300-A). And today, one of the soldiers carries a rugged laptop.