The Phillips Code is a shorthand method created in 1879 by Walter P. Phillips for the rapid transmission of press reports by telegraph.
The code consists of a dictionary of common words or phrases and their associated abbreviations. Extremely common terms are represented by a single letter (C - See; Y - Year); those less frequently used gain successively longer abbreviations (Ab - About; Abb - Abbreviate; Abty- Ability; Acmpd - Accompanied).
Telegraph operators would often interleave Phillips Code with numeric "Wire Signals", to describe the article's priority or confirm its transmission. This meta-data would occasionally appear in printed newspapers, especially the code for "End of article" - 30.
- "President of the United States". World Wide Words (copyright Michael Quinion). Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- Safire, William (1997-10-12). "On Language; Potus And Flotus". New York Times - October 12, 1997 (N.b. mistakenly claim POTUS first appeared in the later 1925 edition). Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- "So Why Not 29?". American Journalism Review - Oct/Nov 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- The text of The Phillips Code
- The Phillips Telegraphic Code for the Rapid Transmission by Telegraph of Press Reports, Commercial and Private Telegrams and All Other Matter Sent by Wire or Cable (Washington, D.C.: Gibson Brothers, 1879)
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