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1895, from cable in the telegraphic sense + -ese as a language name suffix. "Since cablegrams had to be paid for by the word and even press rates were expensive the practice was to affix Latin prefixes and suffixes to make one word do the work of
several" [Daniel Schorr], such as exLondon and Londonward to mean "from London," "to London."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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