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I'm practicing something and I came to the word shorthand. I know it's useful for fast writing and all that, but what is the other way to say that? Is there any synonym or phrase?

I need the other word or phrase for shorthand with meaning a system of fast writing, using lines and symbols to represent letters, words, and phrases

  • Literally, 'shorthand' is one of a couple of different systems of writing down dictation that were taught to secretaries before we had voice recorders, electric typewriters, etc. Do you mean that, or the more metaphoric sense of 'something done to save space and time'? – John Feltz Aug 8 '18 at 12:57
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    I don't really understand the question. Can you give an example of what you want to say? – James K Aug 8 '18 at 13:57
  • @JamesK I need the other word or phrase for shorthand with meaning a system of fast writing, using lines and symbols to represent letters, words, and phrases – Nicole Aug 8 '18 at 15:18
  • Have you used a thesaurus, were the synonyms there not useful? Why can't use use the word "shorthand"? – James K Aug 8 '18 at 16:23
  • I checked the thesaurus and the results for "shorthand" are limited and specific to something like "taking dictation", so it's unfair to close this question for not checking references, when the references are unable to provide a satisfactory answer. – Andrew Aug 18 '18 at 11:49
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Based on clarifying comments, a possibility is shortcut:

[Merriam-Webster]

1 : a route more direct than the one ordinarily taken
2 : a method or means of doing something more directly and quickly than and often not so thoroughly as by ordinary procedure • a shortcut to success

In this sense, shorthand writing is an example of a shortcut of regular writing.

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A synonym could be stenography.

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