A term that was created when someone misheard the expression prank call
Since the debut of the show Crank Yankers
, the name has stuck. This is unfortunate since "crank" call doesn't make any sense.
Person 1: Dude the other day we made a bunch of crank calls, it was hilarious!
Person 2: You made what? You mean PRANK calls, right?
Person 1: Prank call? ... Huh, I guess you're right.