Texting, Telegraph Style

Douglas Baird’s chapter about INS v. AP in Intellectual Property Stories contains the following remarkable example of the compression techniques people resorted to when every letter was costly:

t scetus tdy dodd 5 pw f potus dz n xtd to t pips, ogt all pst cgsl xgn q sj is uxl.

That’s a “typical AP cable” transmitting the results of a Supreme Court case. Look at all familiar?

The full translation back into English is inside.

The Supreme Court of the United States today decided that the power of the President of the United States does not extend to the Philippines, on the ground that all past Congressional legislation on the subject is unconstitutional.