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Dead zone

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:58 pm

Hi everyone! Today I met an old American friend of mine and he told me that he says "This must be a dead zone" to mean that "No service" when his mobile phone has no bars. Do you and people where you live use "This must be a dead zone"?

Thanks so much!

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Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:14 pm

Yes, I do. I might also say "There's no [phone] signal".

I suspect that the term "dead zone" in this context is an extension of its common use to describe bodies of water subjected to eutrophication, such as the Gulf of Mexico, where the hypoxic conditions have led to the death of most aquatic life.
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Post by Stevenloan » Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:52 pm

Erik : Thanks a lot for your answer and the wiki link.

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Post by Phil White » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:37 pm

Colloquially, areas with no phone signal are also sometimes called "black holes".
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