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Should call from sports be included. I can think of two kinds; sports announcing "calling the game" and an umpire's call. "What's the call Ump?", "(tennis) The linesman's call was 'out'." -- Mjquin id 03:41, 22 August 2009 (UTC)


I get the coincidental similarity, but should we be showing non-related words in the Etymology sections? Could this not be misleading? καλέω should rightfully appear under English low. Glory can be added to call as a classical cognate. Leasnam 20:35, 9 July 2010 (UTC)


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Rfv-sense: A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call). Was first listed at WT:RFC#call without reply. So I've listed it here. I know you can be on call, but I don't know if such a shift is called a call. Sounds totally weird. Any other dictionaries list this? As it might be hard to cite because of the numerous other meanings of 'call'. Mglovesfun (talk) 21:01, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

I'll bet the contributor is thinking of the use of "call" in "call shift" or "on-call shift". "Call shift" seems to possibly merit an entry, but I doubt that there are many uses of "call" in the RfV'ed sense. DCDuring TALK 21:23, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
I've added some cites. google books:"night of call" has a few dozen more. In my experience it's uncountable, so you wouldn't refer to a shift as a call, but rather, simply as "call". In other respects it sometimes blurs with other senses of "call"; for example, it's frequently used with the verb "take" in a way that seems more reminiscent of "take a call" than "take a shift" (in that you can readily say "while taking plastic surgery call", for example, whereas ?"while taking the night shift" is a bit awkward). And one cite (which I didn't add) even used it with the verb "answer" (though that one I think might be an error or idiom blend, because otherwise it doesn't match my understanding of how call works; but my experience is both limited and strictly secondhand, so I really can't say for sure). —RuakhTALK 22:18, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
Does the first attestation of this in 1978 make call shift (c. 1990) SoP? DCDuring TALK 23:03, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
I have heard theatre workers who must built sets say "I have a work call tomorrow" about as often as "I have work call tomorrow". I think these [1] [2] may be examples of "a call" and this [3] may be an example of "calls". - -sche 08:58, 10 February 2011 (UTC)
Cited by Ruakh; I added what I think is another citation (used in the theatrical context I know it from). - -sche (discuss) 19:28, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

RFC discussion: November 2010Edit

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rfc-sense: "(medicine) A work shift which requires one to be available when requested (see on call)." Includes the now-customary invisible comment <!--Any service profession, right? Should be at [[on-call]]?-->. Per the entry itself, is this actually called a 'call'? You can be on-call, no doubt, but the call doesn't refer to shift but being contacted (called). I'd post this at RFV but perhaps I just don't know the sense and other people too. Oh and it's certainly not restricted to medicine, again, per the entry itself. Mglovesfun (talk) 00:28, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- ‎(“to call, shout”)Edit

Should this tie back to Proto-Indo-European *kelh₁- ‎(“to call, shout”) ?

Hebrew etymology קול (kol)Edit

Is there any evidence that the hebrew word kol קול which means voice has had an influence on the English word Call ? I know that the King James Version of the Bible introduced many Greek and Hebrew words into English. Is it possible that one of the word-senses for call were influenced? Bcent1234 (talk) 19:04, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

No, there's no evidence of this. Also, there isn't even enough of a semantic connection. --WikiTiki89 12:25, 6 September 2016 (UTC)
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