Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Art of Journaling: Shorthand



Once when I was a very little girl and likely snooping where I shouldn’t have been, I found a spiral notebook containing what looked like page after page of scribbled handwriting.

When I asked my mother about it, she said that it was her old steno notebook from when she’d taken a class in shorthand. Shorthand? I asked, What’s that? She told me that it was a way to quickly write what someone was saying, and that it was how secretaries took notes for their bosses which would then be used to type up important letters.

When I asked her if she would show me how it worked, she slowly made little pen strokes which looked nothing like the words I was saying. A secret language? This was completely fascinating to me.

Have you ever used, or do you still use one of the traditional versions of shorthand? Have you ever created your own note taking shortcuts? 

A Brief History of Shorthand at The New York Times

Shorthand at Omniglot

Diary by Leah Price at London Review of Books

History of Shorthand at The Shorthand Place

Shorthand at Wikipedia

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