I’ve just got hold of a 1949 copy of a Simplified dictionary, and was interested to read what it says about speed:
‘The fastest shorthand outline (within reasonable limits) is the outline that requires least mental effort, the outline that is written consistently and analogically. The speed of a shorthand outline is not to be judged by its brevity to the eye, nor even by its facility for the hand; it is to be judged by the speed with which it may be constructed by the mind and supplied by the mind to the hand.’
I hadn’t really thought of it like that before. I suppose it’s a bit like sight-reading: when you’re really good, you don’t hesitate.

(by kevinwal for everyone)

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  1. Kevin   "Sightreading"? Aha, another musician in the bunch. (I don't know who else would refer to sighreading.) I should have known with all the talk about accordions on here.   Is there a propensity for musicians to write shorthand–that innate impatience that would make us want to get our ideas down as quickly as possible so that we can return to our beloved instruments? An affinity for the elegance of written music, that can express so much with just a few dots and lines (even though it does resemble Pitman more than Gregg)?   Jim

  2. Almost everybody on this list seems to have an interest in music or languages. And I suspect they all developed secret codes when they were kids. You remember: A = C, B = D, C = E and so on. Or was it just me?   Kevin

  3. Wow, that is interesting how you came up with languages and/or music.  I learned Japanese in my first couple of years at the Y (Brigham Young University), I had many years of band performances in HS, and I sing in the choir at church.

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