Knowledge for show-offs: Mobile telephony

Arrogance and mobile phones are famously inseparable, and of course, this is a great opportunity for us, to speak in World Cup jargon.

Often we hear a specific ringtone, which is now commonly known as the "Nokia Tune." On many phones, it plays with a piano sound - which is of course totally wrong: The melody comes from Francisco Tárrega (1852 - 1909) and was originally written for the guitar as "Gran Vals," and we hear bars 13-16 from it. And by the way, Nokia used to produce rubber boots and tires, while Samsung, for example, was active in the construction industry and food processing in its early days.

And don't say "Handy" when you speak English - the word is a German invention! The show-off says "cellular phone" in a sophisticated way. In Sweden, on the other hand, the term "nalle" is common and means "Teddy bear", while Icelanders sometimes say "Gemsi" and thus literally call their mobile phone "young sheep". Many Arabs say "Jawwal", which means "the one that walks around".

A true show-off only shows off with his phone at the right moment, and in the cinema it's always the wrong moment. That's why many cinemas in the USA use special jammers to prevent annoying ringing! Admirable, we think!

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