I would love if you could write some more of Steve vs Thompson and Sousa in the 40's (looooved "Coffee talk" and "The life and times of Peggy Carter")
I hope this works for you ;)
Where Angels Fear to Tread
There was a general rule of thumb regarding sleeping dogs and sleeping babies. Around the SSR office, the adage had been amended to include sleeping Carters. One did not meddle with her if one valued their life. Carter wasn’t known for falling asleep on the job, but if she did, you left her the hell alone until she woke up on her own. Two different agents wound up with broken bones by trying to accelerate the timeline.
“Where the hell are those damn codes?” Phillips demanded.
Daniel and Jack shared an uncomfortable glance at each other. Neither of them wanted to risk disappointing General Phillips, especially when they knew he was in the process of restructuring the entire SSR organization. “Carter has them, sir,” Jack said.
Phillips stared at Jack like he was an idiot. “So go get her,” he snapped.
“Sir, it’s not that simple - “ Jack started.
“Sir, she’s asleep,” Daniel added.
Phillips righteous indignation was cut short as he glanced through his office window out into the reception area, to the threadbare green couch, where Peggy Carter was collapsed. It had been a hell of a trip across the country and back, with the most random assortment of cohorts. Carter had been up for close to seventy-two hours. From the way Philips was looking speculatively at her, Daniel assumed that Carter’s sleeping habits must have formed during the war.
The General didn’t look any more excited at the prospect of waking her than they did. Phillips looked at them again. “She’s the only one who has the codes?”
What humans will do to save themselves from typing a few characters: LOL. ROTFL. TTYL. <3. BRB. Universal sentiments and actions become encoded.
Well, imagine that each character had to be tapped down the line in Morse code. Telegraph operators had even more incentive to cut down on letters than did even the T9 texters of yore.
And so they came up with codes to communicate the things that they needed to say often. These were first codified by Walter P. Phillips into what became known as the Phillips Code in 1879. (It was updated several times, the last I found in 1975.)