One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A British videotex system, launched in 1979, in which interactive information could be received via a telephone line and viewed on a specially adapted television set. [Prestel was sold by its operator, British Telecom, in 1994, and the system came to be replaced by Internet services. A trademark in the U.K.]
1970s; earliest use found in The Times. Apparently from press + tel-, with arbitrary respelling of the first element.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.