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The first English term for shorthand was charactery (writing by brief characters). It was coined by Timothie Bright (1551-1615) to describe a system first presented by him in 1586 for the approval of Robert Cecil, a future secretary of Queen Elizabeth.
Did Cecil approve? No idea, but in 1588 Bright brought out the first printed work on shorthand, An arte of shorte, swifte, and secrete writing by Character, which elaborated on his system with the use of 500 arbitrary symbols. Continue reading