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Long before the modern usage of shorspeak on the internet and other media it had some advantages in early radio telegraph communications http://theconversation.com/lol-in-the-age-of-the-telegraph-42578

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Chocolat3

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Mar 16 16 3:06 AM

Thank you for the interesting article! I did not know that telegrams are limited by number of characters too. Actors in movies usually read the telegrams in full sentences so I thought telegrams are written that way too. Perhaps the text messages style we have nowadays is truly derived from those old abbreviations. It sure is fascinating to see how language adapt based on the communication methods.

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Sellie

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Mar 26 16 10:01 AM

That’s a very amusing read! I’ve read that telegrams were billed according to their length, but I didn’t know that the practice led to an abbreviated way of writing so similar to modern internet chatspeak!

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