Cheapskate

A man had to send an urgent telegram. Not wishing to spend more money than necessary, he filled out a telegraph blank in this manner:
‘Bruises hurt erased afford erected analysis hurt too infectious dead.’ (Ten words)
The recipient at the other end, being kin, immediately understood the message: ‘Bruce is hurt. He raced a Ford. He wrecked it, and Alice is hurt too. In fact she’s dead.’ (Nineteen words)

— Herbert V Prochnow & Herbert V Prochnow Jr. in Jokes, Quotes & One Liners Volume 2

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