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Did you ever take shorthand in school?

Asked by chyna (46912points) May 12th, 2020 from iPhone

If so, did you ever use it? Do you remember how to write in shorthand? I used it in college for note taking, but never in a job. I remember how to write Dear Sir and that’s all.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Graduated from high school in ‘81. Female. U.S. Never took shorthand. I don’t know anyone that did.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Male, and no I never did nor do I know anyone who did.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I didn’t but my much, much, much older sister did. lol
I did have a typing class. That should be elephant frem my stellar ski!!s her on fafloofeter.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Can I ask is short hand still used today?

chyna's avatar

I’m not THAT old! Ha.

LadyMarissa's avatar

I took it & I used it on every job I had for about the first 10 years after graduating. I was hired for one job simply because my boss insisted that his assistant be proficient in shorthand & I was the only one who applied with shorthand capabilities!!! It’s been almost 40 years since I’ve needed it & it took me a minute to remember “Dear Sir”. I would most definitely need a refresher course to pick back up where I left off. I preferred the dictation machines over shorthand!!! I typed over 100 wpm back then & I could type out what was being said almost as fast as the person saying it & that included the formatting. I had one boss who loved that idea as well.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

My mom went to business college in the late 1930’s, took shorthand and typing. She typed at almost 100 words per minute and shorthand was over 140 words per minute.

ucme's avatar

I did not!
I took Sarah Longfoot on a date though.
She was a year older than me & very experienced :D

jca2's avatar

No. When I was in high school, late 1970’s – early 1980’s, shorthand was already antiquated. When I was in college, I would have had no need for it.

A friend who is about 60 took it in secretarial school. I guess the difference between my age and her age, about six years, is the difference between it being something important to know and something that was antiquated.

dxs's avatar

My sophomore English teacher knew shorthand. She showed it to us one day and it was the first time I ever saw it (I was in high school only 10 years ago). It looks pretty cool and much quicker than manuscript. I wonder why it went out of style, even just for everyday writing.

JLeslie's avatar

I took it in Jr. High. The class was 9 weeks and we learned shorthand and typing, maybe something else that I don’t remember. I don’t use the shorthand. It was 1978 or 1979 I think. We didn’t spend a lot of time on the shorthand.

Inspired_2write's avatar

In senior high school we had a class in Shorthand and not many were interested but we tried anyways.
It was interesting but by the next year it was dropped and out of date.( 1966).

Don’t remember much except therefore had a nice squiggly design.

That is all I remember now on it.Would had been great to write shorthand in a diary..no one would be able to read it.

elbanditoroso's avatar

It was offered in high school (1972 or so) but none of my contemporaries took it. I think they discontinued it as an elective a year or two later.

In 2020 it seems utterly unnecessary.

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