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Now Ya Know: Why Is It Called ‘Will Call”?

11 Mar, 2010 Articles

The name ‘will call’ has always bothered me. Comes off a little pretentious, no?  It hit me last night that I have no idea where the term came from. Well, . . .

In the days before the telephone, the phrase “I will call on you” was commonly used to mean that someone will visit you, or speak to you. The phrase has since largely fallen into disuse, with the word “call” being much more commonly associated with the telephone than speaking to someone in person. The term “will call”, however, has stuck, and means that the customer “will call on” the company to pick up the tickets or merchandise, as opposed to having the items delivered to them.

Cue the More You Know PSA . . .

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