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telegraphese

[ tel-i-gra-feez, -fees, tel-i-gra-feez, -fees ]
/ ˈtɛl ɪ græˌfiz, -ˌfis, ˌtɛl ɪ græˈfiz, -ˈfis /
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noun
a style of writing or speaking distinguished by the omissions, abbreviations, and combinations that are characteristic of telegrams, as in “expectarrivesixevening.
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Origin of telegraphese

First recorded in 1880–85; telegraph + -ese
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How to use telegraphese in a sentence

  • The public would scoff at the letter-press for Daily Telegraphese.

    From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
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