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Making Sense of Yiddish Stenography

Before the widespread use of typewriters, never mind laptops and voice-recognition word processors, stenography allowed people to capture spoken information more quickly than hand-written transcription could. Using lines, loops, and dots to represent words and phrases, stenography was practical and efficient, and stenographers were in demand in offices throughout the modern world. Stenography allowed something decided in a meeting to be quickly written as dictation, then transcribed into full text for dissemination. In offices of metropolitan centers of Europe and North America, this system of writing, which had emerged in the nineteenth century, quickly gained new traction in the early years of the twentieth century. Industrialization spurred a proliferation of....MORE

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