08/08/09 247 W, 1 I - + 9 - 8 Way Before Twitter

First, a disclaimer. Mr. Blogger doesn't use, nor has ever used Twitter. In fact, he's been known to mistate the Twitter as Tweeter. So far, though, he hasn't called Twitter Twizzler. Which are particularly good with a box of buttered popcorn and a pop at a movie theater. Long before the 140-character limit of Twitter was developed, the practice of extremely terse communication was practiced by telegraphers in the 19th Century.

A recent New York Times column by Ben Schott, author of his marvelous "miscellany" books, reprints an 1891 phrase guide from the third edition of "The Anglo-American Telegraphic Code." Learn how such phrases as "aland" meant "advertise liberally but economically," "hurst" meant "the hunting expedition will not set out," and "rooty" meant "I hereby offer my resgnation and request its acceptance." Read Mr. Schott's wonderful column.

Along those same lines, electric telegraph fire alarm systems utilized telegraph keys to transmit signals. Here's an 1887 list of alarm signals used in Raleigh. Inside each alarm box was a telegraph key, which allowed a fire department member to transmit special signals, such as "two blows, repeated twice," which signaled to the water plant to switch to increased "direct pressure" on the city water system. And finally, an anachronistic joke. Did you hear about the telegrapher who named his feline Morse the Cat?

More commonly known as “CW” or “Continuous Wave”. Ham Radio For the Win again!
And for the record yes I am on Twitter @KE4ZNR as well as involved in Ham Radio!
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 08/08/09 - 22:32

I bet theyve got SCMODS.
Elwo od - 08/09/09 - 09:29

State county municipal offender data system.

The light was yellow, officer.
Legeros - 08/09/09 - 09:30

Remember personal info?

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