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May 19, 2015

"U Tr?": A Glossary of Abbreviations Used by Early-20th-Century Telegraph Operators


Their morning greeting to a friend in a distant city is usually “g. m.,” and the farewell for the evening, “g. n.,”
the letters of course standing for good morning and good night. The salutation may be accompanied by an inquiry by one as to the health of the other, which would be expressed thus: “Hw r u ts mng?” And the answer would be: “I’m pty wl; hw r u?” or “I’m nt flg vy wl; fraid I’ve gt t mlaria.” History of telegraph operators: Abbreviations used by telegraphers.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 19, 2015 11:13 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And these smartass Twitter users think they've created something. It wasn't just telegraphers back then either. In aviation we used a similar shorthand to copy IFR clearances. That's why, although not being a Twitter user at all, I can easily read the tweet encryptions you see on web pages.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2015 7:02 AM

Looks like some of the emails I receive.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 20, 2015 1:44 PM

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