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Posted By: Noah Briggs on: 11/27/2007 13:16:52 EDT
Subject: RE: Telegraphically Speaking - Terms From 1858

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It's good to see the terminology laid out here. I wonder if the terms were used specifically by the telegraph-clerks, or would this be common terminology for the general public? (IE, would the public use the terms interchangably, or did they stick to these particular definitions?)

I was going to suggest looking in the Dictionary of Americanisms. I have read it cover to cover and my memory tells me the terms never showed up there, even though the book itself was mid 1850s when the telegraph was around for a while.

Noah Briggs

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