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Old 30 September 2008, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by RoseyDawn View Post
Instead of something in a paper, might it have been a very long word in a telegram?
Definately in the UK telegrams were charged per word. (I believe from an old anecdote that the same is true in the US). Come to think of it, Newspaper advertisements are also charged per word.

I assume that the OP refers to a broadcast game show with prizes awarded for the longest/most obscure word, but there is also a UL/joke about how lawyers charge for writing a letter; the more confusing words/phrases (especially latin) costing more
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