Secret notes to yourself

I am a month and a half into my study of anniversary and the first thing I’ve been using my skills for is not in fact writing fast–even if after a month of anniversary I could miraculously do that, but to write secret notes to myself that I don’t want others to see.
My notes are predictably on the only thing on a 19 year olds mind, love and war. People I love and people I …don’t. Keeping this kind of information secret from prying eyes is usually a good idea.
If anybody has other applications of secret notes in shorthand, I would be happy to read.

(by michael_lisitsa for everyone)

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  1. I use Teeline currently to keep my dream journal, which I need for reasons that would be best written in shorthand))) Not that there is a big chance of anyone getting their hands on it, but the fact that I need less time and effort to write in it keeps me from procrastinating on it most of the time.

    Also, when I used to work in a large office environment, in situations when I would remember something VERY IMPORTANT that I completely forgot to do, I would write post-its with a reminder in large and bold shorthand and stick it on the most visible part of my desk. This way, I had my reminder, and no one ever knew I was desperately late on something important)))

    During some boring corporate traning seminars in London and Dubai I would write on the whiteboard in Teeline "If you can read this, I'll give you 10 Pounds (or 10 Dirhams)". No one ever did, so neither did I)

  2. Just a quick public service announcement on the secrecy thing. (And I agree it's a useful feature; you should see some of the things I've written, er, rather, maybe you shouldn't)

    If someone thinks, "Oh, it's shorthand" and goes online, it won't take long for them to find someone to translate. (On the other hand, if it's something you really do want them to be able to translate, they may never think to ask.)

    (Husband had to buy something last night, so he grabbed the grocery list; he refused to buy the first item on the grounds that he couldn't read it. Just as well, it was his birthday present.)

    So, for stuff that absolutely must be kept secret, add an extra layer of encryption. Change the sequence, add 1 to each digit, whatever. (Just be sure you can decipher it!)

    And then there's the risk of it remaining secret, even from yourself 🙂 (Come on, admit it, I think everyone has written things that, months later, they just can't decipher. More common in new writers, but we were all new once.)


  3. In some cases I make one word of a sentence, or a few words in French shorthand (or what I could make English Gregg into French) so that, if by some off chance that they were able to decipher the shorthand, they would then have to translate that.. More time. And since shorthand omits certain letters, who is to say what needs to be added to make the word correct.

    Very secretive 😀


  4. My, Chris, you're quite the spy!  Absolutely no one in my office reads Gregg, so I can just write my notes to myself in English.   I am thinking of starting a journal written in Gregg, but my life isn't that exciting–not really worth writing about!   Have a great weekend.  –Alison

  5. i try, i try 😀

    If i asked someone I know what shorthand is, they would not have a clue.. And, no-body (bar me) actually listens in french classes, so I am safe there..

    And who would want to know anything of me? Except the CIA, NSA, ATF, FBI, …. and………… well.. that enough 😀
    I was jesting.

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