Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The terse, abbreviated writing style used in telegraph messages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. language characterized by terseness and ellipsis as in telegrams.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very terse style, such as that in which telegrams are commonly written; a style marked by very short sentences.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. language characterized by terseness and ellipsis as in telegrams

Etymologies

telegraph +‎ -ese (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And telegraphese is not good for the development of a prose style.

    The Canadian Foreign Service as a Career

  • Morgenson and Rosner write with heart-pounding urgency and a kind of adjectival telegraphese where Tim Geithner becomes the "relaxed regulator" and Mozilo "the hotheaded butcher's son."

    Robert Teitelman: Morgenson and Rosner's "Reckless Endangerment"

  • During the 1924 murder trial of Leopold and Loeb, Chicago Tribune publisher Col. Robert McCormack cabled Freud with an offer of $25,000 or, as he put it in telegraphese, “anything he name,” to come to Chicago and psychoanalyze the killers.

    One Hundred Years of Freud in America

  • During the 1924 murder trial of Leopold and Loeb, Chicago Tribune publisher Col. Robert McCormack cabled Freud with an offer of $25,000 or, as he put it in telegraphese, "anything he name," to come to Chicago and psychoanalyze the killers.

    Freudian America

  • Would this be an appropriate moment to draw to your attention the interesting case of postcardese, a derivative of telegraphese perhaps: "Having a lovely time, wish you were here."

    On me, me, me

  • This simple story was told in very touching and beautiful language, by no means telegraphese, and Barty and I were deeply affected by it.

    The Martian

  • Also, this is quite a new trade for me, who have only dealt hitherto in foreign wines, and British party politics, and bimetallism -- and can only write in telegraphese!

    The Martian

  • Oh! may some kindly light, born of a life's devotion and the happy memories of half a century, lead me to mere naturalness and the use of simple homely words, even my own native telegraphese! that I may haply blunder at length into some fit form of expression which Barty himself might have approved.

    The Martian

  • The voices are ostensibly cutting down on the "waste paper" of getting from A to Zee, but look again at this aphoristic shorthand, this proverbial telegraphese - it says nothing, and then it just gets a whole lot worse, saying the nothing that is being said.

    Comments for RealityStudio

  • The index note for him is blackly comic as it tells in telegraphese the story of the Great Mind that could not make itself up - "impressed then disillusioned by Mussolini, 554, 556";

    New Statesman

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