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The New Social Etiquette: Friends Don't Let Friends Dial Drunk

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 2 Feb 2005 01:24:30 -0500

Editorial Observer

January 30, 2005

To the list of the unforeseen hazards that seem to plague the
information age, we can now add another: "drunk dialing."

This late-night cellular faux pas joins such exalted company as the
"mistaken dial" (when your mobile phone, inadvertently prompted, dials
a number in your address book by mistake) and the annoying ring tone
that can interrupt big job interviews or Communion service.

But unlike its predecessors, drunk dialing usually limits itself to
times long after the close of business and beyond the daily
commute. It is in those dark hours of late night and wee hours of
early morn, when most people have retired their cellphones for
overnight charging, that intoxicated revelers flip open their
cellphones and dial into regret.

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