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
And telegraphese is not good for the development of a prose style.
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."
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.
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.
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."
This simple story was told in very touching and beautiful language, by no means telegraphese, and Barty and I were deeply affected by it.
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!
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 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.
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";
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