Just something interesting I ran across today in my college’s library… it’s a method of shorthand from I think the 70s. It’s alphabetic, but the tome has so many rules that I was immediately reminded of Pitman. It claims speeds of 150wpm.
The way this system works is simplifying alphabetic strokes and omitting most vowels: dog/dig/dug are all written the same way. Some letters like S are a dot on the line with Z being a dot above the line. There are lots of word endings and beginnings (more than Simplified as far as I could tell) for everything from commun- to -ivity, some of which had their own shapes as modified capital cursive letters, or different-shaped ticks. It has short forms too like “e” for “the”, “a” for “that”, etc.
It’s a disjointed system except for some letters which are connected to the previous letter, like n (a short line) or m (like G in Gregg). It’s also phonetic.
The things about the system that put me off were the enormous quantity of affixes and some of the strange rules (like a slightly differently shaped “a” representing something completely unrelated). It ends up having a few more strokes than a Simplified sentence (on average about 20% more from my observations).
It’s interesting as a curiosity at least 🙂
(by erik for everyone)