Aviso
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The word aviso (plural: avisos) is a communications term that was introduced into several European languages in the 16th century from Italian (avviso: news, warning, advice). It soon came to play a key part in the postal system (Mail) in the sense of a “cover letter” and became the usual term for “news” in the new medium of periodically printed newspapers, until it was supplanted by more recent terms. Since the postal system was introduced by the de Tassis family (from 1651 on, Thurn und Taxis) to Austria, Germany, t…

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Behringer, Wolfgang, “Aviso”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 25 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017270>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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