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Monday question: Spy phone

Posted by Robin Abrahams  March 21, 2011 05:40 AM

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Here's a self-deprecating LW with a Seinfeldian little question: 

I have a quick question that I hope is easy to answer. How does one answer the phone (at home or personal cell) when you know who is calling? I feel awkward saying the person's name (ie: Hi John, how are you?), but I also feel weird just saying hello as if I don't know who it is. I'll add that I'm in my early 40's and that I'd be curious about how people in different age groups feel about it in addition to what is proper.

Good question! If you are willing, please put your age in your reply. I'll summarize the responses, and give my own 43-year-old opinion, on Friday. 

And for extra credit: when you hear "spy," what pop-culture character first comes to mind?
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