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Shorthand (big vocabulary list)


This is the almost the full shorthand system which I write about in the SHorthand article of . That Shorthand article introduces and completes the tutorial.

Word Code Default meaning Comment 2 Comment 3 Comment 4
why 0

how 1

because 2

what 3

for 4

where 5

or 6

when 7

and 8

if 9

a / an A

although A0

acid A1

alkaline A2

act A3 theatrical acting behave Perform a duty
already A4

angle A5

around A6

also A7

anything A8

able A9

always AA

about AB

appearance AB2 how something looks

ability AB3

absorb AB4

according AC

active AC2

action AC3 action: behaviour carried out legal action

accept AC4 accept an offering accept a point of view or idea

accommodation AC5

across AC6

accident AC7 unintended injury chance occurrence

accuse AC8

activate AC9

add AD plus gain

advice AD2

adult AD3

admit AD4 to admit an action to confess to a bad action to allow in
above AE

after AF

affect AF2

afford AF3

again AG

against AG2 touching anti-

agree AG3

agreement AG4 legal agreement agreement

age AG5 how old something is become older

aggression AG6

anyhow AH

aim AI try to align target ambition

air AI2 air - possibly more general than just oxygen oxygen

ask AK ask a question ask for (request)

all AL

alone AL2

allow AL3

alive AL4

alcohol AL5

ally AL6

accelerate AL7

alert AL8 wide awake an alarm alert a warning
am AM

amaze AM2

among AM3

an AN

animal AN1

angry AN2

anti- AN3

annoy AN4

ankle AN5

anyone AO

appear AP seem become present arrive
approximate AP2

approve AP3

apart AP4

appropriate AP5

alphabet AP6

ape AP7

acquire AQ to obtain

arrange AR put in order make a booking

area AR2

arm AR3

arts AR4

argument AR5 disagreement but aggressive logical argument

as AS

associate AS2 mentally associate mix with people

ascend AS3

access AS4

asset AS5

at AT

attention AT2 mental focus mental focus from another on to oneself

attract AT3

attitude AT4 one's behavioural approach

athlete AT5

atom AT6

attack AT7

attribute AT8 one of the attributes to attribute

authority AU

aunt AU2

avoid AV

available AV2

achieve AV3

anywhere AW

aware AW2 be self-aware the information is not news

award AW3

axel AX

away AY

activity AY2

so B

best B0

be a B1

better B2

buy B3

before B4

bad B5

to be B6

to be a B7

to be the B8

branch B9 of a tree to branch out

back BA rear support returned spine
background BA2 not foreground context not at the forefront of your attention
balance BA3 equilibrium balanced sense of well being

bag BA4

ball BA5 sphere ball for a game

baby BB

become BC

behind BD

be BE

believe BE2

bend BE3

because of BF

benefit BF2

big BG

bag BG2

behave BH good manners function

birth BI

bill BI2

backward BK backwards

brick BK2

below BL

blood BL2

biology BL3

blow BL4

bottom BM

bring BN

bone BN2

both BO

body BO2 whole of a human or creature's body human body the overall dimensions of an object a machine's body
boil BO3

border BO4

boss BO5 chief / head / manager

boring BO6

bounce BO7

bother BO8 irritate make the effort

bring BR

breathe BR2

borrow BR3

brother BR4

bright BR5 light intensity intelligent

break BR6 stop being whole stop functioning a rest a holiday
board BR7 a thin rectangular or square object

brush BR8

brave BR9

busy BS

bus BS2

bit BT

bitter BT2

boat BT3

bottle BT4

beauty BT5

bite BT6

but BU

burn BU2

build BU3

building BU4 a building a structure

bury BU7

burn out BU8 exhausting or using up (not just a fire)

business BU9 a company business as in the world of business

believe BV

between BW

box BX a type of container

by BY

boy BY2

boyfriend BY3

her C

call C3

clear C4 tidy up not foggy a clear understanding
change C5

cause C7

colour (color) C8

carry C9 carry

cancel CA

catch CA2 capture. eg. catch a fish be caught in a trap or prison catch a ball catch: part of a door, for example
category CA3

calendar CA4

car CA5

carriage CA6 train carriage lorry carriage other vehicle carriage the act of carrying
combination CB

concern CC is to do with: it concerns to have an interest in a subject a worry
circle CC2

conceive CC3 early life stage to picture a concept

could CD

cold CD2

credible CD3

correct CE

centre CE2

centi- CE3

celebrate CE4

censor CE5

comfortable CF physically comfortable comfortable with an idea or with a suggestion

clarify CF2

ceiling CG

cough CG2

congratulate CG3

choose CH

child CH2

chemical CH3

chop CH4

check CH5 test a state

challenge CH6

choke CH7

cheek CH8 be cheeky part of the face

character CH9 how someone is in their approach and nature a fictional being

category CG

certain CI

chain CI2 a chain in general an engineering chain a jewellery chain a chain of ideas
close CL not near opposite of open

climb CL2

cloud CL3

clean CL4 not dirty tidy up

clothing CL5

collapse CL6

calculate CL7 mathematics kind work out mentally

culture CL8 culture biology lab culture culture sophistication
cool CL9 to cool all right; acceptable more than all right
come CM

communicate CM2

compress CM3

complain CM4

crime CM5

comment CM6 give an opinion

compatible CM7

common CM8 not rare

claim CM9 purport a right to an asset

can CN able tin

count CN2

contain CN3

container CN4 container in general container one associates with a lid container like a basin
constant CN5

contrast CN6

cone CN7

conscience CN8

confuse CN9

contain CO

condition CO2 clause quality: in good or bad condition

convince CO3

confident CO4

complete CO5 whole finish off

conclude CO6 make a conclusion come to an end

connect CO7 physically connect mentally associate

collect CO8 collect collection

compare CP

computer CP2

cope CP3

copy CP4 to copy forgery

capable CP5

crop CP6

compete CP7 compete competition to take part in

cup CP8

companion CP9

consequence CQ

care CR

cry CR2

cross CR3 as a verb a shape of right angle intersection

crack CR4

corner CR5

criterion CR6

criticise CR7

creep CR8

crawl CR9

consider CS to think about a concept to think about a person's welfare

cost CS2

careless CS3

chest CS4 body chest

conclusive CS5

case CS6 legal case travel case

course CS7 a course of lessons

cut CT

correlate CT2

control CT3

commit CT4 to guarantee that one will do something

cotton CT5

connotations CT6

continue CU

curve CU2

cube CU3

current CU4 at the moment electrical current

column CU5 column in general vertical column in a table of data architectural column
clue CU6

curl CU7

cousin CU8

crunch CU9

cover CV a cover or lid overlap

convert CV2

creative CV3

conversation CV4

canvas CV5 surface of artwork

convenient CV6

chew CW

context CX

complex CX2

cycle CY a cyclic process a cycle vehicle such as a bicycle

cylinder CY2

creepy crawly CY3 a lifeform about the size of an insect that moves on or under the ground

these D

do a / does a D1

decide D2

die D3

do D4

do the / does the D5

to do D6

did a D7

doubt D8

did the D9

day DA

damage DA2

data DA3

dance DA4

dare DA5

daughter DA6

decibel DB

distribute DB2

debt DB3

direct DC straight give instructions

decorate DC2

declare DC3 divulge announce a speech
document DC4

decimal DC5 decrease

decay DC6 rot become less and less in substance (via entropy)

decimal DC7 decimal system

did DD

dead DD2

dedicate DD3

deadly DD4 lethal

de DE

despite DE2

death DE3

describe DE4

define DE5

deserve DE6

delay DE7

device DE8

detain DE9

differ DF different

defend DF2

defeat DF3

differentiate DF4

defy DF5

defect DF6 something wrong

draft DF7 an early version

during DG

digital DG2

diagram DG3

dig DG4

degree DG5 angle of the 360 kind degree unit in another context

danger DG6

disappoint DI2

disapprove DI3

disrupt DI4

disassemble DI5

discard DI6 throw away

discover DI8 to encounter unintentionally to find out

disregard DI7 assign no value to an instruction or to advice

disrespect DI8

dark DK

deliver DL

damage DM

dim DM2 light intensity stupidity

dimension DM3

demand DM4 how much something is wanted insist

done DN

deny DN2

do DO

door DO2 door (physical) door (figurative logical) doorway
depend DP

deep DP2 depth dimension into distance and foreground depth downwards intense
deploy DP3

displace DP4 displacement as a knock-on effect

doctor DR

direction DR2

drink DR3 drink (v) a drink

drop DR4 verb a drop like a drop of water

drain DR5

draw DR6 do art even result

drag DR7 drag along a surface

drilldown DR8 into detail

drug DR8 a drug

drama DR9 eventful happening acting (theatre)

dispose of DS

dismantle DS2

disagree DS3

descend DS4

disease DS5

disadvantage DS6

disappear DS7 vanish go away

discipline DS8 control over behaviour strict

distinguish DS9 tell the difference

difficult DT

detail DT2

detect DT3

due [meanings: pending/due to] DU

divide DV

derive DV2

develop DV3

deviate DV4

down DW

dry DY

dirty DY2

destroy DY3

discuss DZ

they E

-ed to E2

either E3

exclude E4

examine E5

ever E6

explain E7

everything E8

earn EA

east EA2

eat EA3

early EA4

Earth EA5 planet Earth

easy going EA6

elbow EB

each EC

edge ED

enter EE

entrance EE2

effect EF what is caused effects for drama such as special effects

effort EF2

effective EF3

efficient EF3

effective EF4 effective effectively - doing something to a good standard effectively - achieves a result by a different means
eg. EG

egg EG2

enough EH

eject EJ

enjoy EJ2

else EL

electricity EL2

electric EL3

electronic EL4

elbow EL5

emotion EM feelings

embarrass EM2

empty EM3 remove contents

empathy EM4

employ EM5

end EN

energy EN2

entertain EN3

enemy EN4

enforce EN5

encourage EN6

escape EP to escape successfully to be in the process of running away

explode EP2

epidemic EP3

expression EP4 facial expression express an idea or emotion

equal EQ is the same as

error ER2

era ER

ear ER2

easy ES

especially ES2

essential ES3 essential essentially as 'needed for a reason' essentially as 'not polished but done'
etc. ET

ethic ET2

exit ET3

ethnic ET4

even EV even as a type of emphasis equal not an odd number
evaluate EV2

evidence EV3

event EV4 social event occurrence

eventual EV5

everywhere EW

ex EX

extreme EX2

experience EX3 verb experienced (capability from experience)

expect EX4 expectation (not necessarily predicted)

excrement EX5

excite EX6 stimulate stimulate happiness

exercise EX7 keep fit task

excuse EX8 as in 'excuse me' to introduce oneself

extra EX9 beyond normal amount

every EY

eye EY2

this F

fear F2

find F3

fast F4

few F5 opposite of many a few (3 but not much more) a count of three
fair F6 a sense of what is right

favour F8

far F9

fact FA

faith FA2

family FA3

father FA4

False FA5

fall FA6 fall fall off fall out Autumn
farm FA7

fantasy FA8 a fiction

fault FA9 someone's fault blame

face FC the face on a head to face a situation

factor FC part of what contributed to a decision a whole number factor of a bigger number

feel FE sense texture emotions level of wellness
female FE2

fertile FE3

ferment FE4

finger FG

fight FG2

forgive FG3

foreign FG4 from another country outside normal experience unknown
frighten FG5

fine FI

finish FI2 to finish in the process of finishing

fit FI3 suitable physically fit connect up to slot in
fill FI4 eg. fill in a hole

fist FI5

fly FL

floor FL2 the ground storey

flood FL3

float FL4

floppy FL5

flat FL6 not bumpy apartment

filter FL7

flexible FL8

flap FL9

from FM

fame FM2

formal FM3

flame FM4

fun FN

foundation FN2

follow FO to occur after to follow in transit to follow instructions or a philosophy follow a route
force FO2

forget FO3

foot FO4

food FO5

fog FO6

foreground FO7

focus FO8 concentrate specific area within a wider area

fold FO9

further FR

free FR2 not imprisoned available costs nothing
friction FR3

fraction FR4

frequency FR5 how often rate of a wave repeating

frequent FR6 happens often

friend FR7

fur FR8

freeze FR9

fuss FS

fish FS2

front FT

fat FT2

first FT3

feature FT4 a part of an overall item (tends to be a part with functionality)

future FU

function FU2 operating

fuel FU3

favourite FV

fever FV2

flavour FV3

flow FW

forward FW2 forwards forward a timeline

frown FW3

flower FW4

fix FX repair game outcome is a cheat

something G

grow G3 lifeform grows spreads expands in size
great G4

general G6

gap GA a break between two points

gasp GA2

goodbye GB

good GD

greedy GD2

grand GD3 prefix of grandfather or grandmother

get GE

generation GE2 offspring

gender GE3

gene GE4

gesture GE5

genital GE6

grief GF

girlfriend GF2

give GI to give in general to donate: give away

geek GK

glide GL

glass GL2

gum GM

gone GN

generous GN2

groan GN3

go / goes GO to go attempt at a game session
govern GO2 politically govern

grip GP

group GR

ground GR2

gradual GR3

ground GR4 earth result of grinding

grammar GR5

graceful GR6

gram GR7

girl GR8

groin GR9

gas GS

got GT generally to have

guess GU

guilt GU2

guard GU3 prevent escape prevent theft prevent harm
guest GU4

guarantee GU5

guts GU6

gave GV

growl GW

he [/him] H

hard H0 solid difficult

here H1

hardly H3

hold H6

high H7

happen H9

hand HA

half HA2

hang HA3 the item which hangs off something a branch can hang

handle HA4 deal with handle of, for instance, furniture

habit HB

had HD

hide HD2

he HE

health HE2

hear HE3

head HE4 head on a body chief

heat HE5

heavy HE6

heal HE7

hearing HE8 ability to see court hearing

hesitate HE9

huge HG

hi HI

hip HI2

history HI3

hire out HI4 eg. hire out a car to someone; to rent out

hook HK

help HL

hollow HL2

hill HL3

hundred HN

handle HN2 a handle such as a door handle

hunt HN3 hunt chase

however HO

home HO2

hot HO3

horizontal HO4

hole HO5 eg. a hole in a sock something missing a hole in the ground
hone HO6

hope HP

her HR

hear HR2

hair HR3

hour HR4

heart HR5

his HS

hesitate HS2

hit HT collide success

hurt HT2

hue HU colour HU 0-10 follow the colour chart

hurry HU2

hum HU3 a type of musical sound made by the mouth

humble HU4

hungry HU5

have HV

happy HY

hypothesise HY2

horizon HZ

I or me I

its I2

it's I3

I'll I4

into I5

it will I6

it is I7

it was I8

information I9

idea IA

include IC

indicate IC2

instinct IC3

insect IC4 insect

increase IC5

ice IC6

introduce IC7

ID ID identification identify identify with
ideal ID2 perfect

indirect ID3

inter- IE2

if IF

infect IF2

infection IF3

interface IF4 the point of interaction

interfere IF5

influence IF6

imagine IG

imagination IG2

ignore IG3

inhabitant IH

inside II

injury IJ

intellectual IL

I'm IM

impression IM2 an idea to evaluate for truth impersonation

image IM3 image such as a photo or picture one's style

imitate IM4

improve IM5 add quality to illness lessening

impress IM6

immature IM7

in IN spacially in something in a subject. eg. In French

interpret IN2

interaction IN3

innocent IN4

investigate IN5

input IN6

insert IN7

intense IN8

intelligent IN9

intend / intent/ intention IO

important IP

input IP2

independent IP3

irritate IR

interrupt IR2 break a rhythm break into a conversation

is IS

inspire IS2 inspire an idea motivate

instructions IS3

it IT

interest IT2 not boring loan related

install IT3

instant IT4 right now

insist IT5

involve IV

invade IV2 invade intrude

index IX

intoxicated IX2

those J

journey J1

justice J8

job JB

judge JD decide the winner or the rank

jagged JG

joke JK

jerk JK2

join JO become a member attach fuse touch ends
joint JO2

jump JM

justify JS

just JU

that K

key K0 key of a lock key of machine operation. eg. keyboard key

keep K1

kind of K3

knew K5

almost K7

anybody K9

kick KC

kidney KD

keen KE

kind KI nice to someone type

kill KL

know KN know a fact know a person know of
knee KN2

knot KN3

his L

lie L3

listen L4

likely L7

level L8

large L9

last LA

late LA2 not on time dead occurring further in the future
laugh LA3

language LA4 a spoken language the statements someone makes

lead LD direct instructions to go first one state or action leads to a consequence
load LD2 eg. load a van the load being transported a lot of
let LE

lend LE2

leave LE3 exit (verb) deposit something stop interacting with something
leg LE4

leak LE5

length LE6 generic whether it is length or width or depth horizontal length a strip length of material
learn LE7

lenient LE8

left LF left direction deposited past of to leave as in travel
life LF2

lifeform LF3

lift LF4 lift up elevator

leaf LF5

logic LG absolute logic line of reasoning

little LI

lie LI2 to lie down to not tell the truth

listen LI3

light LI4 like sunlight not heavy light a fire
list LI5

litre LI6

liver LI7

literal LI8 not metaphorically and not approximately

like LK A is like B he likes her

look LK2 look at look for physical appearance seem
lock LK3 lock key in lock lock of hair lock up
locked in LK4 locked in

locked out LK5 locked out

limit LM

lend LN

land LN2 geographical area plane comes to ground land realty
line LN3 a geometric line a queue

lens LN4

lonely LN5

lean LN6 movement no fat

low LO

location LO2

lower LO3

loose LO4

loop LP loop a thread loop instructions

liquid LQ

less LS

lot LT

letter LT2 a letter to someone a letter of an alphabet

luck LU

live LV to live live as in someone's current accommodation live at a location long term
love LV2 heart love very much enjoy

law LW

layer LY

lose LZ lose as opposed to find lose at a game minus loss
my M

mean M2 meaning (by defining or identifying) not nice the yet to be received meaning
main M3

model M4 within a system replica but typically not to scale exhibit clothing
maybe M5

mathematics M6

most M7

may MA

male MA2

mark MA3 a mark like drawing evaluate

machine MA4

manage MA5 handle responsibility control a system

maintain MA6 keep going keep in working order

maximum MA7

marry MA8

matter MA9 to be of importance what things are made of a matter to be discussed
match MC items match as being of the same kind items correspond (even if not the same type of item)

mood MD

modern MD2

media MD3 journalism ways of presenting information