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Re: Abbreviations

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 1999, 6:25
On Wed, 8 Dec 1999, Nik Taylor wrote:

> FFlores wrote: > > For example, in my written Spanish I use <q'> for <que>, > > <x> for <por>, <xq'> for <porque>, <//> for <-mente> > > (in adverbs), etc. > > In my journal I do similar things, I have: > > th' = the > t' = to > a small + looking symbol = and > o' = of > -d = -ed > -in' = -ing > g'na = gonna > G'ville = Gainesville (fairly standard, actually) > P'cola = Pensacola (fairly standard, actually) > @ = at (but only sometimes, I can't figure out why it seems wrong > sometimes!) > -z = -s (only occasionally) > 'bout = about > G'ma = Grandma > G'pa = Grandpa > fone = phone > w/ = with > t'night = tonight
I, in college, invented a system of forty letters which would allow me to take notes faster. I memorized it and can still write in it and read it. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog for instance, would look like [theta] qc brn fx jmpt ovr [theta] l[a macron]z[e macron] dg. I also invented characters for "tion" (a long s and an n), /sh/ [long s] /ng/ [n with a tail] /ngk/ [n with a tail curving over itself] /ch/ [t with a long slanted crossbar] [ing] [a dot above the last letter -- stole this from shorthand]
> And also incomplete sentences, like, from my entry Aug. 15: > "Saw Blair Witch Project. Very Dull. Hated it. First Wave marathon. > Missed it. Unplugged/unconnected computer", generally dropping subject > pronouns.
You hated it? Hmm. I was on the edge of my seat. yu h[a macron]td t? Hmm. I wz n [theta] edj v m s[e macron]t
> > And I've seen pictures of many old > > writings (mainly in Latin) where letters have a lot of > > marks -- I've been told those are shortcuts. > > Yep, and a few have survived into modern writing - & from "et", ! from > "lo", and I think ? came from a word, but I'm not sure which. It was > also common to do things like dropping final "m", using a macron to > indicate it.
As my bibliography prof is fond of pointing out, this: ___ couo is a perfectly valid spelling of the word "communion."