When I was a kid, one of the shouted refrains that frequently braced our house was "the phone is ringing!" This was an indirect speech act, of course, meaning someone else answer the phone!
Last night I managed the nearly impossible: knocked my cell phone off of the bed and into (splash!) a class of water. No rim contact: a perfect swish.
Retrieved (Chooch helped by licking it a few times; thanks Chooch!), the phone was highly dysfunctional. No worries, though: I heard recently about this fix for drenched cell phones, and after a few hours in the oven, it was working just fine.
I got to thinking a tad, just a tad, about the difference between referring to the phone vs. my phone or your phone. When I was kid, it was the phone that rang; now, it's increasingly my phone or your phone. This makes sense, of course, given the increasingly one-to-one ratio of users not only to phones, but phone numbers. In this way, "phone" stands in for phone line, at least kinda. Whereas there were even a few party lines back in the '70s, with multiple households sharing the same line, today it seems everyone has their own number and phone. Well, not everyone, but many of us.
So let me get this straight: if I said "the phone fell into a glass of water," I'm guessing you'd think I meant I was talking about a phone connected to a land line (not that I have one). If I said "my phone fell into the glass of water, kersplash!" you'd think cell phone, right? (And if you're Chooch, you'd get thirsty.)
I have no idea where Skype falls in the particularity vs. generality of phone and phone-line lingo. I do know, however, that Skype Out is set to start charging on Jan 1—a major bummer, if you ask me.