or telegraph style
describes a clipped way of writing that attempts to abbreviate words and pack as much information into the shortest possible number of words and or characters.
It originated in the telegraph age when telecommunication
consisted only of short messages transmitted by hand over the telegraph wire. The telegraph companies charged for their service by the number of words in a message. The style developed to minimize costs but still convey the message clearly and unambiguously.
Related but distinct, is the historical practice of using abbreviations and code words to compress the meaning of phrases into a small set of characters for ease of transmission over a telegraph
, a device for transmitting electrical impulses used for communications, introduced from 1839 onwards. The related term cablese
describes the style of press messages sent uncoded, but in a highly condensed, Hemingwayesque
style, over submarine communications cables
. In the U.S. Foreign Service, before the advent of broadband telecommunications, cablese referred to condensed telegraphic messaging that made heavy use of abbreviations and avoided use of definite or indefinite articles, punctuation, and other words unnecessary for comprehension of the message.
A characteristic is the use of the word STOP for a full stop
- eg t-gram style stop
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