BFF 1890's style

From 1890: The First Text Messages


In their conversations telegraphers use a system of abbreviations which enables them to say considerably more in a certain period of time then they otherwise could. Their morning greeting to a friend in a distant city is usually “g. m.,” and the farewell for the evening, “g. n.,” the letters of course standing for good morning and good night. The salutation may be accompanied by an inquiry by one as to the health of the other, which would be expressed thus: “Hw r u ts mng?” And the answer would be: “I’m pty wl; hw r u?” or “I’m nt flg vy wl; fraid I’ve gt t mlaria.”

By the time these courtesies have taken place some early messages have come from the receiving department or from some other wire, and the man before whom they are placed says to his friend many miles away: “Wl hrs a fu; Gol hang ts everlastin grind. I wish I ws rich.” And the other man says: “No rest fo t wickd, min pen,” the last two words indicating that he wants the sender to wait a minute while he adjusts and tests his pen. Presently he clicks out “g a,” meaning “go ahead,” and the day’s work has begun.

Comment: My Father had keying skills (learned in WWII .... used in amateur radio. I watching him practice his keying in prep for getting his Ham radio license )

1 comment:

  1. That is great. I used to game quite heavily with other people. (MMO games) We had a lot of abbreviations as well b/c a few seconds would matter depending on what you were doing. yw - your welcome, bio - restroom, kk - ok (I know, not much different, but you type it a lot), bbl - be back later, brb, afk - away from keyboard, lfg - looking for group, lfm - looking for more(lf1p, lf2l...depending on what you were looking for), wtb - want to buy, wts - sell, mob - computer enemy, add - extra mob just added to fight, ld - link dead, etc.


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