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BerlinCompanion
1877 GER Post Master General, Heinrich von Stephan, who 2 weeks earlier introduced 1st telephones in , ordered that said telephones be henceforth called (distance-speaker) - telephone sounded too French.
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BerlinCompanion Nov 19
Replying to @kreuzberged
Other terms introduced by von Stephan to replace foreign-sounding vocab were "Anschrift" (address), "postlagernd" (poste restante) and "freimachen" instead of "frankieren" (the latter persistently held on despite von S's efforts).
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RG Poulussen Nov 19
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(You can't have it all.)
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BerlinCompanion Nov 19
Replying to @kreuzberged
Word telephone was used 1828 by Sudré for a system of signalling by musical sounds. 1844 it became the name of a powerful foghorn for sending signals at sea in foggy weather. 1861 Philipp Reis invented 1st phone as we know it & used the word to describe it. re-used it 1876.
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