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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Cheatsheet for Speedwords shorthand system

An interesting lifehack I came across is Reginald Dutton's Speedwords shorthand system. It's based on Zipf's Law, which says that the most common words are relatively few. These are assigned 1- or 2-letter combinations, like the following:

b - but
p - can, be able to
v - you
z - as, than, compared to
zi - because
hab - ordinary
vo - willing

I've put together a 1-page cheatsheet of common Speedwords, as identifed in the delightful book Mind Performance Hacks.


  • Jon, the link isn't working.

    By Blogger Sean Oliver, at 6/08/2007 10:02 a.m.  

  • Hi Sean - Sorry about that - back now.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/08/2007 8:48 p.m.  

  • Hi Jonathan,

    Considering the Speedwords cheatsheet and the books from OReilly, it looks like we have very similar interests (at least for the moment?)...

    Thanks for the cheatsheet. I've been studying rapmotz off and on for about a year now, and just recently started taking the effort seriously while I'm unemployed for a while.
    I'd found the dictionary but there was just too much there sometimes. I was thinking of making up a cheatsheet like yours yesterday; and found yours today!

    Thanks again... Onward and Upward

    By Blogger Unknown, at 6/13/2007 11:28 a.m.  

  • Hi Paul - Glad you find it helpful. And great link (to that comprehensive dictionary).

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/13/2007 2:58 p.m.  

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