Telegramming

telegram

[tel-i-gram]
noun
1.
a message or communication sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), telegrammed, telegramming.
2.
to telegraph.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; tele-1 + -gram1

telegrammic, telegrammatic [tel-i-gruh-mat-ik] , adjective
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telegram (ˈtɛlɪˌɡræm)
 
n
cable See also Telemessage a communication transmitted by telegraph
 
telegrammatic
 
adj
 
tele'grammic
 
adj

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telegram
"telegraphic dispatch," 1852, coined by E.P. Smith of Rochester, N.Y., from tele-, as in telegraph + -gram, and introduced in the Albany "Evening Journal" of April 6, 1852. Purists pointed out that this is an erroneous formation, and the correct
word would be telegrapheme (which is close to the Mod.Gk. word).
"May I suggest to such as are not contented with "Telegraphic Dispatch" the rightly constructed word 'telegrapheme'? I do not want it, but ... I protest against such a barbarism as 'telegram.' " [Richard Shilleto, Cambridge Greek scholar, in the London "Times," Oct. 15, 1857]
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