HC Deb 26 July 1922 vol 157 c463
67. Mr. J. MURRAY

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the advisability of finding a substitute word for either five or nine for use in the telephone system, so as to avoid the confusion of similar sounds?


Many suggestions have been made from time to time for overcoming the trouble which occasionally arises from the similarity in sound of these two words, but none has been found satisfactory. The only remedy appears to be that of clear enunciation, and to this end telephone subscribers are asked, at the head of various pages of the directory, to emphasise consonants when giving numbers.