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beno's pager code dictionary

pagers do not cost much these days.  people really should have them, so their friends can find them.  i also think people should all have cell phones, but many are not ready to invest in one.   so people really ought to learn pager code.  using pager code, you can send messages to your friends immediately.   sometimes it takes more than one call to complete your message, but it still allows for more efficent communication. below, i provide the alphabet as i know it:
letter code alternate
a 6 8
b 8  
c 5 0
d 0  
e 3  
f 3  
g 9 6
h 4  
i 1  
j 7  
k 15  
l 7 1
m 177  
n 17  
o 0  
p 9  
q 9 0
r 12  
s 5  
t 7  
u 11 4
v 11 4
w 111 44
x 22  
y 4  
z 2  
- -  
? 2  
! 1  
. -  

83170 = beno

123604 = ready

017 1774 11164 = on my way

sometimes you will need to simplify your sentences, especially when the context is given.

example: beno tells ken, "if you are coming to berkeley page "yes" (435), if not, page "no go" (170 90).

sometimes the easiest way to communicate is to use the widely accepted non-alphabetical codes:

message code
i love you 1-4-3
thinking of you 8-2-3
where are you? 411
emergency 911

82 = fast or hurry because 82 in korean is pal yi, which sounds like bbal li, which means fast.   uhm, it's sorta hard to explain, but the 'bb' phoneme n' the 'p' phoneme r written differently but sound alike. 

always remember to leave your code, if you have one!

example: beno's code is 10, so he will end his message with a "-10."

017 1774 11164-10 = on my way, from beno

170 90-55 = not coming from ken

0118862 952-4374-01 = call me back at 011 8862 952-4374 (a taiwanese phone number), from owen

once you learn to use pager codes, you can use your pager as a memory device by paging yourself messages which you can carry with you on your pager!

you can remind yourself of addresses, things to do, prices, and even phone numbers!   well, you can remind yourself of lots of things.

rodrigo lagos has a really kewl website with a alfa to numerical converter which can help you page your friends!   check out this site!

[24 august, 1998]   i think the pager industry is trying to destroy pager codes.   the new motorola ads push for word pagers.  pagenet now makes "**" = "--" instead of " ".   it's all a big conspiracy!

new additions!

in uc berkeley's anthropolgy 160, professor alan dundes tells his students that pager codes and pager alphabets are a form of folklore; meaning they are oral tradition.   one friend tells another to do it this way and that way.   so pager codes and alphabets have multiple existence in different subcultures and variations between each existence.   and every different group has an explanation and justification for their method and tradition.   in my chart, i display the alphabet i use and ones my friends use when they page me.   i learned most of my pager folklore from kenneth lee and owen chang, and tobias jaw tried to influence me with his line of reasoning.   in the end, i chose what i felt made sense.   we don't all talk with the same jargon, accent, or tone; not everyone uses the same pager alphabet and codes.   tell me what you use!

From: DYYHard@webtv.net (Devon dyyhard)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 02:56:06 -0700
To: beno@uclink.berkeley.edu
Subject: pager code

4 = F

thanks, devon!   if anyone has other additions e-mail



From: LuCkYGiNa@aol.com
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 13:27:39 -0500 (EST)
To: beno@uclink.berkeley.edu
Subject: pager code ?

i recently got paged with the code 711..what does this mean?


"711" means let's go to the sev-o! get us some slurpees! nah, i don't know... i might be right though.

well, i'm gonna ask around what "711" means... but maybe your friend meant to dial 411 and hit the wrong 4... as in the 7... i dunno...

alright, thanks for checking out my page!

From: LuCkYGiNa@aol.com
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 15:29:19 -0500 (EST)
To: beno@uclink.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: pager code ?
X-Status: A

thanx for responding. please ask around cause i dont think he meant for it to be 411 cause he did it 3 times...i dunno

Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 14:34:48 -0800 (PST)
From: "beno yay! burdy! yay! :)beno (bernard lloyd hwang)"
& <beno@uclink.berkeley.edu>
To: LuCkYGiNa@aol.com
Subject: Re: pager code ?

hi gina,

a friend brandon yoe (yoe@uclink.berkeley.edu)just told me that "711" is a lesser version of "911," meaning your friend has something important but not an emergency. brandon _claims_ to have invented this... he said he used to use "311" but 311 is an actual phone number in the 408 (san jose area) nowadays.

i also have a friend who uses "411" for the same purpose.


From: LuCkYGiNa 
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 19:53:19 EST
To: beno@uclink.berkeley.edu
Subject: Re: pager code ?
Organization: AOL (http://www.aol.com)

thanx a bunch!

From: LiLWsTSydR 
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 1997 17:10:38 EST
To: beno@uclink.berkeley.edu
Subject: who is this
Organization: AOL (http://www.aol.com)

how did you learn all that pager coding stuff

you go to Berkely? thats cool, i wanna go there

what year are you in

well, e-mail me back

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 04:36:52 GMT
From: Tifany ........ <qt_4_yall@hotmail.com>
To: beno@OCF.Berkeley.EDU
Subject: heres more

hi i think these below could be another number to.
b= 13 or 10
d= 01
f= 7
h= 11 but i do prefer 4 like u but just trin 2 make somthin else.
k= 21
m= 111
n= 2
p= 10
q= 01
t= 7 but i think 7 is way better
v= 7
x= 72 or 77
y= 71
z= i think could probebly be a 7 or 71?


From: UNCHeelz20@aol.com
Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 19:27:09 EST
Subject: pager code
To: beno@OCF.Berkeley.EDU

637 and 727 mean "always and forever" in frisco