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Shorthand

A writing format commonly used by court stenographers.

Many forms of shorthand exist. This is was more popular in the past, when anything needing transcribing had to be written in real-time. This was a valuable skills to secretaries. Short hand is basically a way of writing that switches common words/phrases/sentences to something the writter can write faster, to allow people to write as fast as people speak. Symbols were commonly used in place of words, phrases and sentences.

see also: abbreviation

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