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Which Pitman to learn?

Which Pitman to learn?

If you’re thinking of learning Pitman, you’ll soon discover that there are few types of Pitman you could learn. If you hunt around on archive.org, or Google Books, you’ll come across public domain versions of various old Pitman books which cover earlier versions of the system. It’s tempting to learn from one of these free […]

December 1st, 2010 | Posted in History | Read More »

Shorthand Deathmatch – Pitman v. Gregg

Shorthand Deathmatch – Pitman v. Gregg

For a while, Pitman shorthand was the most widely used system of shorthand in the English-speaking world. It was used throughout the British Empire, which included Australia, India, Canada, and large chunks of Africa. In the United States, various authors were publishing their own versions of Pitman’s system, under a wide range of names. To […]

November 30th, 2010 | Posted in History, New | Read More »

Invent your own universal language

Invent your own universal language

In the 1982 cult horror film Big Meat Eater, nerdy butcher Bob Sanderson works to promote Adanaco, the “new universal language” he’s developed for his small English-speaking town. Inventing new languages, or new ways to write old ones, has been a geeky obsession for hundreds of years. Benjamin Franklin, irritated by the inconsistencies of English […]

November 29th, 2010 | Posted in History, New | Read More »