Thursday, January 18, 2018

earliest shorthand

keep in mind, the activity of writing needs to be ritualistic, but also economical. the rituals for the priesthood and kingly classes as they are presented for the uses of the masses. they, however used writing in its quick abbreviated form. as long as we have writing we have abbreviated means, fast, economical.    


we find the earliest known example of a shorthand writing system is the Acropolis stone (Akropolisstein) discovered in the Athenian Acropolis in 1884, and preserved in the British Museum (Brit. Mus. Add. Ms. 33270).

the marble slab shows a writing system using primarily based on vowels, using certain modifications to indicate consonants. you are pretty dexterous at this shorthand:

2G2BT = too good to be true
459 = i love u
303 = mom
404 = i haven't a clue
*$ = starbucks (?)
99 = parent no longer watching
831 = i love you

much more here.