telegraphese

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

telegraph +‎ -ese

Noun[edit]

telegraphese ‎(uncountable)

  1. The terse, abbreviated writing style used in telegraph messages.
    • 2008 January 21, Noam Cohen, “Campaign Reporting in Under 140 Taps”[1], New York Times:
      Despite the new gadgetry, these journalists are actually rediscovering telegraphese —— the clipped (ideally witty) style that flourished because of word limits imposed by an earlier technology, the telegraph.