Urban Word Wednesday: Phone-yawn

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Phone-yawn: The act of taking out a cell phone from one’s pocket or purse, resulting in other people in the vicinity taking out and checking their phones as well.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I went out to lunch before heading off to Punta Cana. I thought the waitress was going to die laughing as she stumbled over to get our orders and caught the tail end of this convo.

Hubby: why is it that every time I even glance at my blackberry, you have to haul yours out? I was only going to be 2 seconds and you take forever because you always fall into the blogosphere never to return.

Me: baby…I can’t help it! It’s a phone-yawn!

Hubby: a phone-yawn? What in God’s name is that?

Me: well you know how a yawn in contagious. You see someone yawning and BAM, you start yawning? It’s the same thing but applies to cell phones, blackberries etc. I see you pull out yours, regardless of how long, I suddenly gotta check mine! If you’d rather I didn’t check mine, don’t check yours.

Hubby: I am unsubscribing you from the urban dictionary. I can’t take it anymore.

Me: oh stop…You know you love it and you know it’s true!

Hubby: damn…why are you always right?

Me: I’m a woman….just sayin’!

Have you experienced a phone-yawn? Now that you think about it, doesn’t it totally happen all the time? Share your phone-yawn stories…

P.S. Remember, hubby and I are on vacation until April 23, 2012 but have fun and talk amongst yourselves!

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  1. That is so true, and so not what I expected from the title! Haha. I do get annoyed, too, when I see people doing that. I know I can check my phone quickly and still do five other things. But I have a co-worker who gets out her phone and starts playing games when she is supposed to be working. And, no, she is not sly about it. I’ve taken up the habit of checking my phone in the bathroom so it doesn’t cause a phone yawn. 🙂

  2. I don’t know about the phone yawn, but the convos with the hubs crack me up every time. Keep ’em coming 🙂

  3. Like Emma, this is not what I expected. I’m just not sure what I did expect though!
    However, the “phone yawn” is contagious. You’re so clever!

  4. LMAO. I never thought of this, but it’s so true. I always grab my phone when I see people with theirs. Makes me think of something I need to check on, etc. And if I don’t have my phone (a very rare occasion), I get all sorts of twitchy.

  5. I’m seriously fighting the urge to pull out my phone right now just from you mentioning it. I. Can. Resist. *phone-yawn* Dang.

  6. I have wondered a lot lately who thought we needed to be in contact with people twenty-four hours a day. I had one of the orignal mobil phones (it was the size of my purse) and only turned it on when I needed to contact someone. Now people call or text at all hours of the day. My family gets crazy knowing I turned off the text feature–tech stupid–I couldn’t figure out how to make the three letters go away and become one.

  7. I’ve never noticed doing it myself. Or even That Man. But OMG, the parental units, ROFL. When they were here back in January, I swear if one pulled out their phone the other was soon to follow! And I was like, “are we that boring?” 😆

  8. It’s like a horrible chain reaction when I’m with my husband, my mom, and my brother. They’re all bonded to their phones and it seems like if one checks, all the others need to as well 🙂

    Thanks for the great links at the bottom. I’d missed all of these. Definitely need to go read.

  9. Hilarious. And so true!

  10. I seriously yawned reading the title of this post. It’s contagious! We totally phone yawn. And iPad yawn, and computer yawn, and brownie yawn. That’s where you see someone having a brownie and even though you didn’t want one 2 seconds earlier suddenly you must have one. Now!

  11. Sorry … *phone-yawn* … you started it!

  12. Oh, too funny. I didn’t realize there was a name for it, but that is so true. Every time one of us pulls out our phone the other one has to. It is always followed up by some snarky comment from our eldest about being on the phone too much. See, they pay attention.

  13. ROFL!! Love your comments all and soooo glad to know I am not alone!! I am trying harder now to just leave the phone alone…even if someone else is checking theirs but man…it’s hard. What. Am. I. Missing. LOL!!

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