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  1. Abbreviation
  2. Bezenshek Shorthand
  3. Boyd's Syllabic Shorthand
  4. Closed captioning
  5. Court reporter
  6. Dutton Speedwords
  7. Eclectic Shorthand
  8. Franz Xaver Gabelsberger
  9. Gabelsberger shorthand
  10. Gregg Shorthand
  11. Handywrite
  12. Isaac Pitman
  13. Morse code
  14. Personal Shorthand
  15. Pitman Shorthand
  16. Quikscript
  17. Rebus
  18. Shavian alphabet
  19. Shorthand
  20. Shorthand Language
  21. Short message service
  22. SMS language
  23. Speedwriting
  24. Steganography
  25. Stenograph
  26. Stenomask
  27. Stenotype
  28. Teeline Shorthand
  29. Thomas Natural Shorthand
  30. Tironian notes
  31. Transcript



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Speedwriting is a shorthand writing system developed in 1924 by Emma Dearborn, an instructor at the University of Chicago. It uses alphabetic characters and was originally designed so that it could be written by pen, or on a typewriter.

Speedwriting is phonetic with a ‘k’ used for a hard c, ‘C’ for ‘ch’, ‘j’ for ‘g’ in ‘age’. It condenses words by omitting silent letters and only writing long vowels, and initial short vowels. Sentences are ended with ‘\’ and a ‘/’ is used for omitted syllables. There are other abbreviating devices, including capitalisation, and the use of punctuation marks to denote combinations of sounds. It uses around 100 abbreviations for common words and suffixes.

In 1942 a stylized script for faster handwriting was invented, in which the ‘t’ is uncrossed (l is looped to distinguish them), ‘i’ is undotted, ‘m’ is a simple curve like a stretched ‘n’ and 'w' is also a simple curve such as a 'u'. Speedwriting also utilizes fluid symbols, primarily for the terms "it", "it's" and "the".

Common Abbreviations:

  • . = the
  • + = and
  • v = of, have or very
  • f = for, if
  • b = by, bye, buy
  • r = are
  • u = you
  • s = is
  • underline last letter = -ing
  • overline last letter = -ed
  • - = -ment
  • a = -ate
  • j = tion

Speedwriting is more than twice as fast as longhand, due to using half the letters, but it is nowhere near as fast as symbolic shorthand systems. Speeds of up to 120 words a minute are possible for short periods of time, with speeds of 80 words a minute being regularly attained. It is therefore more useful for someone wanting a simple system to speed up handwritten note taking than for reporting.

The following line is written in speedwriting.
. flo lin s wrtn n spedwri \


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External links

Free dictation demos at the shorthand site for Teeline, Pitman and Gregg

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