The Longest Twelve-Word Telegram

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At the end of the nineteenth century, an English journal offered a prize to anyone who can write the longest twelve-word telegram. The telegram must be written must be comprehensible (well, as comprehensible as a telegram message can be) and it should be short enough to be considered a standard length. More than 450 people participated in the contest. The winner’s entry was accepted by the telegraph officials for transmission for 6 pence, the standard rate. Here is the message:

“Administrator general’s counter-revolutionary intercommunications uncircumstantiated. Quartermaster general’s disproportionableness characteristically contradistinguished unconstitutionalists’ incomprehensibilities.”

Reference

The Railroad Telegrapher, April 1899

 

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11 thoughts on “The Longest Twelve-Word Telegram

  1. Good one Edmark. The photo depicts a period picture of the smart kids composing the project. Of course, the smart kids did not exist then. You continue to pass on information that is the best.

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  2. Good one Edmark. The photo could be a period picture of the smart kids composing the projects. Of course, the smart kids did not exist back then. You continue to provide great information.

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