Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day

On January 11, we celebrate Morse code. First demonstrated on January 11, 1838, by Alfred Vail and Samuel Morse, Morse code soon became commonly used by the military and the aviation industry worldwide. Morse Code was one of the most important innovations of communications the world has seen, serving as the foundation of one of the first high-speed communications networks in the world.

Morse Code is attributed to three different inventors, Samuel F. B. Morse, Physicist Joseph Henry, and Alfred Vail, who all worked together to produce a system of transmitting information via Electric Telegraph. There is an International Morse Code, which is based on the ISO basic Latin alphabet with some additions, including extra Latin letters, Arabic numerals, and punctuation and procedural signals. The inventors decided which combination of signals was assigned to each letter. They studied how often each letter in the English language was used. The most used letters were given the shorter sequences of dots and dashes. For example, the most commonly used letter in the English language — E — is represented by a single dot.

A person who calls herself Brownielocks created the holiday quite recently. She hoped to stir up interest in Morse code, which is falling out of use. (By the way, if you have never visited her site, it is chock full of fun holidays and other things. You can find it here.)

Morse code was critical for communication during World War II. It was also used as an international standard for communication at sea until 1999 when it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress Safety System.

See and hear how you name – or any other phrase – sounds in Morse Code here. Quotelady looks like this: –.- ..- — – . .-.. .- -.. -.–

Quotes about communication

Everyone who is human has something to express. Try not expressing yourself for twenty-four hours and see what happens. You will nearly burst. You will want to write a long letter or draw a picture, or sing, or make a dress or a garden.–Brenda Ueland

The goal of effective communication should be for listeners to say, “Me, too!” versus “So what?”–Jim Rohn

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.–Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Increase your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self talk.–Caterina Rando

It is easier to communicate with spirits than for one university department to communicate with another.–G. Wilson Knight

Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.–Carl Jung

A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it’s a whisper.–Barry Neil Kaufman

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.-–Peter Drucker

Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.–Virginia Satir

Our most common way of talking is telling: asserting the truth about the way things are and must be, not allowing that there might be other truths and possibilities. And our most common way of listening is not listening: listening only to our own talking, not to others.–Adam Kahane

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false, or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.–James Thurber

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.–Joseph Pulitzer

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