Pining for the fjords

An image of a dead mobile phone

Last week my phone stopped working when I was in the middle of a Russian lesson on Duolingo. It never objected to me learning Russian, or any other language, before, so I don’t know why it chose that moment to cease functioning. I took it to a phone repair shop, but unfortunately they couldn’t help, so I bought a new one.

I could say that old phone died, it gave up the ghost, it packed-up, it’s finished, it’s kaput, and has had it. Or to paraphrase Monty Python’s Dead Parrot scetch, it’s resting, it’s stunned, it’s probably pining for the fjords, it has ceased to be, it has expired, and it is an ex-phone.

The sketch was about a dead Norwegian blue parrot, hence the reference to the fjords. My ex-phone was made in Korea, so perhaps it’s pining for the mountains.

Do you have any other ways to say that something has stopped working?

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2 thoughts on “Pining for the fjords

  1. In the lab, when a circuit board gives up the ghost, we normally say “it’s released the magic smoke” or the “angry electrons have escaped”

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