Of course it will not do for the ordinary, person to attempt the extreme condensation practiced for example by foreign correspondents of the larger newspapers who, because their cable tolls are high and words are precious, make use of a variety of ingenious combinations which are interesting merely as phenomena peculiar to the handling of cable dispatches for newspapers.
For example, a press correspondent might ,first write this dispatch:
"The enemy has not yet been met or even seen on account of the entanglements thrown up during the night," etc.
Revised for the cable, this dispatch might read:
"Enemy unmet unseen account entanglements upthrown night."
Needless to say, this form is unsuited to the ordinary business or social telegram.
Eliminating Small Words -- HOW TO WRITE TELEGRAMS PROPERLY
A Small Booklet by Nelson E. Ross, 1928
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