Do you know what this sentence means?
We say p o d rest well win shared trad auth on B trad and comm law trad pull – Amer flu jus in as ind under shared prin.
Your guess is as good as mine.
Oh, by the way, I wrote that. Yeah…
I looked up “shorthand” on google tonight. I don’t have time to learn shorthand. It’s like Chinese. Every word has a picture of swirls and dots – at least, the version I looked up. On another web page, it said I could buy a book of 5,000 shorthand versions.
I don’t have time to learn shorthand. But considering I don’t have time to write in longhand either, this journalist is in trouble.
I filled six pages of a steno notebook, front and back, with about ten percent of what was said at the debate I attended tonight. I wrote constantly, my hand ached, and I got pen marks on my fingernails. I think people were watching me struggle. They could probably tell I was a newbie.
How do the greats do it????!!!
DON’T tell me they all know shorthand.
Sigh. They probably do.
On a more positive note, I salvaged a couple great quotes from this debate I attended – a friendly war between American and British lawyers over the legality of the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps the best quote of the evening was a good-humored admission made by the Brits in regards to the war: “There is no need for you Yanks to pick at these ancient scabs centuries later. You won; we admit it! Will you all just move on?!”
So I got one good quote. Wll smne tch m shthnd?
(Will someone teach me shorthand?)