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A shorthand writer or typist
Common clues: Office worker; Dictator's aide; Memo taker; Shorthand pro; Pool member; Kind of pad; Pool party?; Old-style word processor; Apt anagram for notes
Crossword puzzle frequency: 4 times a year
News: Steno Hero might make transcription tolerable
Alpha Shorthand – lesson 1

Shorthand is a general term referring to any abbreviated or symbolic writing method that improves speed of writing or brevity as compared to a standard method of writing the language. The process of writing in shorthand is stenography, from the Greek stenos (narrow/close) and graphy (writing). Many forms of shorthand exist. Typical shorthand systems provide symbols or abbreviations for words and common phrases which allow someone well trained in the system to write as fast as people speak.

The Lord's prayer in various 19th-century systems

Shorthand was used more widely in the past, before the invention of recording and dictation machines. Until recently shorthand was considered an essential part of secretarial training and was useful for journalists as well. Although the primary use of shorthand has been to record oral dictation of discourse, some systems are used for compact expression. For example, health care professionals may use shorthand notes in medical charts and correspondence. Shorthand notes are typically temporary, intended for later transcription to longhand.

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