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POTS

POTS

(Plain Old Telephone System or Service) See PSTN and AMPS.


A Century Ago
At the turn of the 20th century, the "plain old telephone system" was neither plain nor old. Instruments such as this Blake wall phone were very high-tech contraptions. (Image courtesy of Nortel Networks.)
References in classic literature ?
Fishiest of all fishy places was the Try Pots, which well deserved its name; for the pots there were always boiling chowders.
The blue- bottles buzzed about the wall, and a little old mouse picked over the rubbish among the jam pots.
However, as the sun baked these two very dry and hard, I lifted them very gently up, and set them down again in two great wicker baskets, which I had made on purpose for them, that they might not break; and as between the pot and the basket there was a little room to spare, I stuffed it full of the rice and barley straw; and these two pots being to stand always dry I thought would hold my dry corn, and perhaps the meal, when the corn was bruised.
Lotty reported that they had eaten "a much, and greatly laughed, and the master bid her throw away all the sweet stuff, and hide the pots.
The first to captivate and take his fancy were the pots, out of which he would have very gladly helped himself to a moderate pipkinful; then the wine skins secured his affections; and lastly, the produce of the frying-pans, if, indeed, such imposing cauldrons may be called frying-pans; and unable to control himself or bear it any longer, he approached one of the busy cooks and civilly but hungrily begged permission to soak a scrap of bread in one of the pots; to which the cook made answer, "Brother, this is not a day on which hunger is to have any sway, thanks to the rich Camacho; get down and look about for a ladle and skim off a hen or two, and much good may they do you.
Micawber, setting down her tin pot, 'that it is a member of my family
The good mouse consented, but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church, and devoured half the pot of fat.
She went straight to the church, slunk to the little pot of fat, began to lick it, and licked the top off.
The pot was boiling the whole evening, and the whole of the following day.
When the sun became too hot, Rosa likewise took in the pot from eleven in the morning until two in the afternoon.
Once upon a time an old man found the pot of gold at the rainbow's end.
Now, sir, I am coming to the point; for no sooner did I name you, and told him that you and I came to town together, and had lived together ever since, than he called for another pot, and swore he would drink to your health; and indeed he drank your health so heartily that I was overjoyed to see there was so much gratitude left in the world; and after we had emptied that pot I said I would buy my pot too, and so we drank another to your health; and then I made haste home to tell you the news.