telephonist :

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  • n  someone who helps callers get the person they are calling

  • Thus many a Bucharest telephonist knows that the King calls his red-haired Jewish mistress not Magda but "Bibi," that she is putting on weight.
  • A Chinese officer yells "Yenmutan" ("smoke shell") to his telephonist.
  • Finally the British in Moscow gave Clara a job as a telephonist and let her and her son move into the embassy.

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