Parentheses

Why do people still use parentheses in phone numbers? You know, like "(412) 555-1212"? Does anybody still live in a region where area codes are optional? Haven't ten digit numbers been mandatory in most areas for something like ten years? It's an obsolete, archaic usage! It makes you seem like an old person, like that guy who used to write editorials for The Onion who would hyphen-ate words like "auto-mobile" to make himself seem olde-timey.

Stop. If you want, we can argue about whether phone numbers should be broken into sections by hyphens or by dots, but this is non-negotiable.

2008.01.14 at 12:00am EST