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Subject: [Leica] A Rea; Text Question
From: hlritter at (Howard Ritter)
Date: Sun Nov 2 12:43:52 2008
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On Nov 2, 2008, at 3:30 PM, Peter Klein wrote:

> An amusing side note to "texting."  The abbreviations used are often  
> very similar to ones used by old-time telegraph operators, which are  
> still in use today by amateur radio operators ("Radiosport" for you  
> Europeans) who use Morse code.  They involved omitting vowels or  
> using "sound alikes" to shorten and lessen the number of dots and  
> dashes in words, using acronyms, and substituting internationally- 
> known telegrapher's sets numbers or three-letter groups  for common  
> phrases, and such.  This became a quasi "language" which enabled  
> operators from different countries to carry on rudimentary  
> conversations.  For example:
> Which means roughly, Sorry "old man" (a friendly term used among  
> mostly male telegraph operators) there's a lot of interference (VY  
> QRM), would you please repeat your last transmission?  How are you  
> receiving me?  Go ahead.
> Back in the 80s and 90s, there was a major flamefest over whether  
> the examinations for amateur radio licenses should continue to  
> include a Morse code test. (They've since been abolished). Long-time  
> Morse Code operators and traditionalists said yes, (often) younger  
> people who were oriented towards more advanced digital  
> communications techniques said no.  The younger people would often  
> parody the traditional abbreviations to ridicule the older group.
> Then online chat and texting over your cell phone comes along, and  
> what do you know?  The young texters quickly developed their own set  
> of abbreviations, for much the same reason--efficient use of the  
> medium.  And it became its own subculture, and is, like, totally cool.
> --Peter
>> > At 11:27 AM 11/2/2008, Eric Korenman wrote:
>> > >I gather we don't 'text' much do we?
>> > >
>> >
>> > What does it mean to 'text'?
>> >
>> > Marc
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