telegraphese
noun Date: 1885 language characterized by the terseness and ellipses that are common in telegrams

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Telegraphese — is a linguistic term for an elliptical style of writing, such as that used to write newspaper headlines or article titles. Related but distinct, is the historical practice of using abbreviations and code words to compress the meaning of phrases… …   Wikipedia

  • telegraphese — elegraphese n. 1. language characterized by terseness and ellipsis as in telegrams. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • telegraphese — ► NOUN informal ▪ the terse, abbreviated style of language used in telegrams …   English terms dictionary

  • telegraphese — /tel i gra feez , fees , tel i gra feez , fees /, n. a style of writing or speaking distinguished by the omissions, abbreviations, and combinations that are characteristic of telegrams, as in EXPECT ARRIVE SIX EVENING. [1880 85; TELEGRAPH + ESE]… …   Universalium

  • telegraphese — tel·e·graph·ese || ‚telɪgrÉ™ fɪːz n. method of telegraphic speaking or writing (characterized by much abbreviation and omission of words) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • telegraphese — noun informal the terse, abbreviated style of language used in telegrams …   English new terms dictionary

  • telegraphese — noun (U) the style of language used in telegrams in which you only include the really necessary words …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • telegraphese — tel·e·graph·ese …   English syllables

  • telegraphese — /tɛləgrəˈfiz/ (say teluhgruh feez) noun a manner of writing or speaking characterised by the concise and elliptical style in which telegrams are worded …   Australian English dictionary

  • telegraphese — n. colloq. or joc. an abbreviated style usual in telegrams …   Useful english dictionary

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