I suspect this is some sort of magic terminal definition thing but I've noticed some magic keys not working on terminals. When I type M-RET to create a new item in org mode I instead get a newline. M-x describe-key reports seeing C-M-j instead.
Sure I could rebind C-M-j to do what's expected but I'd really like to know why there is a disconnect between what I type and what the remote terminal sees.
gnome-terminal on Ubuntu Hardy Heron ssh'ing to Debian Stable running emacs23