Thursday, July 28, 2011

1890s-era telegraph operators had their own texting culture.

Many formed transcontinental friendships, even though they may have never met personally. They would use the telegraph lines to spread jokes "virally", with "ha" being their version of today's "LOL". Similarly, "min pen" was apparently the 1890 equivalent of today's IM text "afk brb".

(Via Neatorama.)