Dit dit is the end of the ditty:
Shave and a haircut-
This is sent like the musical ending that has the same rhythm.
Dit Di Di dit dit. Dit dit.
In my memory this started to be used about 40 years ago but I only started to use cw in the 60s and I might be a Jonny come lately. But I used to hear two ops sharing the two lines of the ditty.
One sends the first line and the other sends the last two dots.
The two dots by themselves later became a final acknowledgment of the other’s final words.
But now I hear people acknowledging their own final words. 73 TU E E.
And to me that is quite wrong. The only op sending E E sends nothing else before it.
With steady misuse it has lost its meaning And now means any of:
- thanks again
- another SK or full stop/terminator/period.
All of which have already been sent.
So it is a bit useless.
I try to end my contacts with 73 TU.