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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."
"I don't know of what sort I am," returned Sancho, "but I know very well I'll never get such elegant skimmings off Basilio's pots as these I have got off Camacho's;" and he showed him the bucketful of geese and hens, and seizing one began to eat with great gaiety and appetite, saying, "A fig for the accomplishments of Basilio!
Micawber, setting down her tin pot, 'that it is a member of my family!'
I am again asked to be godmother, and, as the child has a white ring round its neck, I cannot refuse.' 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.
A common thief would have taken the pot under his arm, and carried it off.
"Once upon a time an old man found the pot of gold at the rainbow's end.
While employed in polishing them --one man in each pot, side by side --many confidential communications are carried on, over the iron lips.