Just read this E.M. Forster quote over at Department of Internets:
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. Such a choice may scandalize the modern reader, and he may stretch out his patriotic hand to the telephone at once and ring up the police. It would not have shocked Dante, though. Dante places Brutus and Cassius in the lowest circle of Hell because they had chosen to betray their friend Julius Caesar rather than their country Rome.
Does anyone way “ring up” anymore? I can’t remember the last time I heard that. It seems more common to say “ring”, or “call”. I think I might have discovered the death of a phrase. Should I wiki it?