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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 11/26/2007 09:44:06 EDT
Subject: RE: Telegraphically Speaking - Terms From 1858

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Interesting, Walt. The secondary meaning, under the second word, Telegraph ("...some other contrivance or apparatus, for the signalizing between distant points") may help to explain why some individuals occasionally referred to Myer-Alexander visual signals as "telegraph," which in a sense would be correect, but thereby creating a tad of confusion for us "moderns," somewhat like our seeing the same visual system referred to as "semaphore," when others of us restrict that usage to two-hand flagging or mechanical devices. It's a good idea for us to qualify with "electromagnetic" or "wire" when we want to be clear, and to avoid "semaphore."
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