Thursday, March 08, 2007

Who's speaking?

This has bothered me for some time: When someone asks for you on the phone and you respond with a half-declarative/half-interrogative "Speaking," are you saying:

1. "Yes, I'm the one speaking."


2. "Yes, with whom am I speaking?"

It's probably the former, but the latter makes sense because people always identify themselves after you say "Speaking."