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Specifically Tironian notes, a system of shorthand developed at the end of the Roman empire by Tiro, a slave to Cicero. The system was widely adopted and expanded by Medieval monks until it contained thousands of symbols.

By which time, I would have thought, the whole business was too cumbersome to be practical. You know, if you’re having to remember 10,000 word-symbols, you might as well learn Chinese.

This image came into my feed today, anyway, and I thought it was neat. My mother knew shorthand. The non-Tironian kind. Occasionally, she slipped into it and left me impenetrable notes.


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 28, 2019, 12:42 am

☠️ Is how you write “et tu, Brutus” in Tironan shorthand….🤠

Comment from Bob
Time: June 28, 2019, 1:17 am

Did I miss the results of the fox shooter?

Comment from unkawill
Time: June 28, 2019, 2:11 am

Fritz won the Dead Pool.

Comment from Mitch
Time: June 28, 2019, 4:58 am

Point of historical order: Cicero was a senator during Julius Caesar’s time so that would mark its development at the end of the Roman Republic, not at the end of the empire as Rome did splendidly for quite some time after that.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 28, 2019, 2:41 pm

Wait, Unkawill — was she actually on the program? Is she famous, I mean?

Comment from LesterIII
Time: June 28, 2019, 5:35 pm

Yeah, Stoaty, Beth was on the show and was quite a badass herself. Raised a dozen kids, once held the record for youngest person to ever attain a bail-bondsmen’s license, elected President of the National Assoc of said profession, etc.

Your call, though. Obviously.

Comment from thefritz
Time: June 28, 2019, 6:10 pm

Come on man! I worked hard for that dick.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: June 28, 2019, 6:20 pm

Iä! Iä! The wailing! My ears and mind are now afflicted with that… caterwauling is my best description to the affront-to-the-senses that is in that link.

Fritz, you now have a guest-pass to the King In Yellow suite.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 28, 2019, 8:20 pm

Is that so?

Well it looks to me like someone got into the ergot cabinet again!

Comment from thefritz
Time: June 28, 2019, 9:57 pm

Oh Lester, my 4th dick puts me into a tie with you. I will relish my visit to the Estate when I come to collect my congratulatory ‘conclave’.

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