information, please

information, please

A phrase used in the now-outdated method of requesting the information operator's assistance over the phone, as when seeking a particular phone number. Information, please. Yes, hi, I need the phone number for Dr. Karen Brown in Bridgeport.
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Information, please

During the Dark Ages before computerized directory assistance, callers who didn't know a phone number dialed the operator and asked to be connected to “information.” The information operator would then supply the number, and at no charge. “Information” with “please” added in a more polite era, was adopted as the title of a very popular radio quiz show in which a panel of experts tried to answer questions submitted by listeners. The phrase then became widely used as a preamble to any sort of question. The radio program was satirized by another quiz show whose title “It Pays to Be Ignorant” also became a brief fad in everyday speech.
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