Very (short)handy

Connecting letters

The full process going on in the shorthand writer’s brain is as follows:

Part of Teeline’s beauty is the way letters flow into each other. Cast off your longhand experiences of connecting letters together the same way every time. Combinations are much more fluid in the world of shorthand.

The efficiency of shorthand is in the way it connects letters together. Let’s look at a few examples.

rose   →   rs
Teeline shorthand outline for 'residents'
fort   →   frt
Teeline shorthand outline for 'fortunate'
blue   →   blu
Teeline shorthand outline for 'blu'

With each step of the process, you are saving time. Going from ‘rose’ to ‘rs’ cuts the number of longhand pen strokes from four to two - then the conversion to shorthand makes it one. Letter combinations are fluid and efficient.

The savings are even better with special outlines. Let’s take the one for ‘conference’ as an example.

Teeline shorthand outline for 'conference'
Special meaning

Look at that. One motion of the pen. Eleven would be needed to write it out in longhand. Even the disemvoweled version takes seven.

conference   →   cnfrnc

This is an extreme example given ‘conference’ has an extra succinct special outline, but it represents a key tenet of shorthand: the fewer pen strokes the better.