Trival question: “key up” vs “key down” — has the meaning changed over time?

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Has the meaning of the terms “key up” and “key down” changed over time for you? People on this forum (and others) seem to use the term “key up” to mean “transmitting” while I remember using that same term to mean “stop transmitting” (by raising my hand off the CW keyer.)

Same for “key down”? I used the term to mean “begin transmission” (again for CW) but my usage of those terms migrated to my use of the microphone. Key down to “start talking” and “key up” to stop talking.

Yeah... a trival question perhaps
(Key up — over to you)
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Rick WN2C

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Keying up a transmitter is when you first start to transmit. Key down is when you are on AM and you are keyed down for ten to twenty minutes.
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K5ROX

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each to his own.... pick a color.
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Dan Zimmerman

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Don't forget to key in the ID required at the 10 minute mark!