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Talk Mode


Originally, a feature supported by some Operating Systems which allows two or more logged-in users to set up an on-line conversation in real time. Now, with the massive growth of the Internet, Chat, Newsgroups, and E-mail it has become much more common. Alternative names are Internet Relay Chat (IRC) Usenet Speak (US), and Espeak.. It combines the immediacy of talking with all the precision (and verbosity) that written language entails. It is difficult to communicate inflection, though conventions have arisen for some of these. Talk mode has a special set of jargon words, used to save typing, which are not used orally - except by some geriatric radio presenters. Some of these are identical to (and probably derived from) Morse-code jargon used by ham-radio amateurs since the 1920s.

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