TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Telecom Terms

Re: Telecom Terms

Doug Krause (
23 Dec 2004 14:23:03 -0600

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: For starters, 'tele-phone' is a combin-
> ation of 'phonic' which has to do with hearing, and 'tele' which
> refers to communication or transfer of information. 'Tele-gram' is
> made up of two parts, one of which comes from 'grap' or visual
> inspection of 'tele' or the transfer of information. If something
> is 'very graphic' it means it is 'a lot to look at'. So when you use
> a 'telephone' you communicate information by hearing and speaking; when
> you use a 'telegraph' you communicate information by reading.

"Tele" means "from a distance". So telephone is distant hearing,
television is distant seeing, etc.

Doug Krause

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