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Shorthand: A Threatened Species

I knew there was a reason my shorthand lessons looked so much like ancient egyptian hieroglyphics.

This “art” of shorthand has, in fact, a long history which traces back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians (The Shorthand Place [TSP], 2009).

Several prominent historical figures, including roman leader Julius Caesar and the Athenian Greek philosopher, Socrates were said to have used shorthand (TSP, 2009).

The Egyptian form of shorthand, hieratic script, is traced as far back as 3200 BC and much like today, it was used for a variety of reasons, from legal purposes to historical accounts (The Scribe, 2007).