Shorthand systems are used, as oppose to longhand systems, to quickly transcribe spoken words. Many shorthand systems follow the following rules:

  • Omit vowels in the middle and at the end of words (make becomes mk, but am remains am)
  • Omit one of double letters (letter becomes ltr)

For example, “This is shorthand.” becomes “Ths is shrthnd.” Find the shorthand equivalent of the following passage:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interrèd with their bones:
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious;
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answered it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest –
For Brutus is an honourable man,
So are they all, all honourable men –
Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

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