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Phil Petersen on: Learning Morse Code
Phil Petersen Q: Tell me about learning Morse Code?

PP: Well there's a means when you send Morse Code. We have a means of sending things quicker. So when you're saying something, we use this common term OM. That means, I don't care it could be a six-year-old, it could be a ten-year-old kid or be a 80 or 90-year-old, you call everybody OM which means Old Man. But it's not thought of as being an insult, it's just two little letters, da, da, da, dada, which means OM. And instead of spelling out Mr. Johnson or something you know. So these are little shortcuts in sending code to speed up the matter of communicating. YL is considered a young lady. And there's a lot of women who don't like this one but some men say my OW is getting dinner ready -- OW, that means old woman you know. But this is the kind of thing, it's just done to speed up the system. That's all that's done.

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