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  • An example of telegraphese invented by Evelyn Waugh. The journalists, sent to cover a war in Darkest Africa, are instructed by their editors to investigate the bombing by Italian forces of a hospital run by an international charity and the supposed death of a foreign (i.e. white, i.e. newsworthy) nurse. They travel, with some difficulty, to the town, eager for their scoop, but find nothing amiss. On returning to the capital they cable to London, minimising words in a way even Twitter cannot emulate, "Nurse unupblown".

    December 23, 2008