Thinking in shorthand?

Some years back, I recall reading in one of the Gregg texts about a phenomenon that long-time shorthand writers experience: thinking in shorthand.

I believe it was in one of the older (pre-Anni) texts, but am not sure after so long. Does anyone recollect this reference?



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  1. Do you remember the context in which this was brought up? For example, do you mean thinking about the outlines of words in shorthand, or transcribing a word incorrectly because you are thinking in shorthand (for example, typing "write" instead of "right", or viceversa)?

    1. I'm pretty sure that it meant that, instead of thinking as if you were hearing audible words, you actually would think "in symbols."

      At the time it sounded almost like something out of science fiction, and I didn't give it much thought. But it was definitely mentioned in one of the older texts. Just can't remember which one.

  2. I have read that Charles Dickens, when he was involved in conversations in his parlor, would take the conversation in shorthand with his finger on his leg. This was apparently a common habit of his throughout his life. (Dickens was an expert writer of the Mason-Gurney system. In his younger days he earned his living as a reporter, and he was reputed to be one of the fastest writers of his time. See David Copperfield to read his take on what it was like to learn shorthand.)

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