The Addictionary of Oxford English: Morse Code

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Definition of Morse Code in English:

Morse Code


NOUN

1 An alphabet or code in which letters are represented by combinations of long and short signals of light or sound.

“Morse code is, by far and away, the most sophisticated form of communication known to man. Why, you haven’t lived until you’ve asked for a bum call via telegram.” Oxford English


Morse Code Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford will tell you he learned Morse Code while he was in the Royal Navy. That is, of course, is one of his largest fabrications to date. See, Oxford was never in the Navy. Shocker; I know. He was, however, briefly involved in a Titanic fan club, where he learned the Morse Code for SOS. He also sailed around the coast of South America in a dinghy, but I’m fairly certain he was never more than fifty meters away from land.” – Elliot Greystone (Longest-Reigning Titanic Fan Club President, 1970 – Present)

“I was there the day Oxford English won that vintage telegraph machine from Dinklewell Auction House.  He was stuck in a bidding war with Eugene Morse, the great-great grandnephew twice removed of Samuel Morse. They both wanted it really bad. The thing even came with documentation saying the creator himself used it to test out some new Morse Code. So anyway, Oxford just had to have it. The bids went up to twelve-thousand quid before Eugene backed down. At the time, he didn’t have that kind of money. So what did he do? He bid on the ponies. He won a few times and decided to go in, double or nothing. Turns out the gamble paid off, he got his telegraph machine, and managed to buy several others, as well. To this day, the Morse family loathes his name.” – James Gibbons (Samuel Morse Biographer)

“During our short courtship, Oxford bought me a telegraph machine, and insisted on sending me archaic notes. It was romantic at the time, but, to be honest, quite a bit more of a hassle than it was worth. Especially since he just kept sending the same message in Morse Code: “Come over – my wife’s not home.” Ellen Prewett (Mistress #31)

“I was his first mate – or at least that’s what he called me. And honestly, for the pesos he offered me to sail around the continent? For that amount of money, you can call me whatever you like. But Oxford wasn’t happy to just let me take the reins. He insisted on sending out distress signals in Morse Code. Fortunately most of them got lost in the ether, but one time, a ship of French Guianan pirates saw his signal light. They used us as ransom! We lived on that ship for three months before the British Government got off their culos and decided to do something about it! In the end, all I lost was my left hand.” Joaquin Garcia (Argentine Sailor)


Origin

 Mid 19th century: named after Samuel F. B. Morse (1791–1872), American inventor. 


Pronunciation

morse code/ˌmôrs ˈkōd/


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